The messenger with this new need, Sports Manage has learned, has been the Switzerland-based Sportradar itself. The company has proposed specific Nevada sportsbook operators about the new fee at the NBA’s directive.
Sources say Sportradar approached multiple sportsbook operators who have obtained the organization’s betting data feed called Betradar, also used it to access the NBA data feed, together with the new terms prior to the onset of the NBA playoffs.
Around the exact same period, Sportradar, doing the bidding of Major League Baseball, advised certain sportsbooks they will want to fork over a”royalty” of 0.25 percent of wagers shot on MLB contests for entry to the league’s official feed through Betradar, sources said. These discussions remain ongoing.
“What I have heard, and individuals are hesitant to go on record, is the leagues are demanding this to get the official Betradar data feed, you now have to pay a quarter percentage of handle,” said Robert Walker, Director of Sports Book Operations for Nevada-based bookmaker USBookmaking. “I’ve discovered the leagues, that would be the NBA and MLB, need a charge for in-game wagering data, in addition to the existing fees.”
Walker formerly ran a few of the largest sportsbooks in Nevada including those at the MGM Mirage and for Boyd Gaming.
“My sources tell me the need is coming from the data provider, Betradar,” Walker explained. “I don’t know if the leagues actually reached out themselves. I think they’re strong arming Betradar, who is coming back and saying this is what we have to get.”
The NBA, MLB and Sportradar didn’t respond to Sports Manage’s request for comment for this story.
By means of background, the NBA, in lockstep with MLB, has lobbied state and federal lawmakers since January 2018 for what was initially referred to as an”integrity fee” — a fee that would require state-licensed sportsbooks to pay expert leagues a 1 percentage off-the-top cut of all legal sports bets on every respective leagues’ games. At the moment, both the NBA and MLB are asking for 0.25 percent and calling it a”royalty” instead or just”compensation.”
Thus far, no nation has obliged the leagues’ petition. Nevertheless this week,Tennessee became the first state to pass a law (Governor Bill Lee will leave it unsigned and let it become law) that comprises a”data mandate” demanding, with a few bizarre speech, that to-be licensed books purchase”official league info” to power any in-play gambling markets it could provide.
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