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Betting on Sports 2018 “a unique opportunity” for the PGA TOUR

The changing landscape of sports betting across the USA has been long debated by many quarters, since that monumental day on May 14, when the US Supreme Court found in favour of New Jersey and repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

As the writing, debate and speculation continues, acquisitions are made and new relationships formed, while the various leagues and governing bodies are busy educating themselves waiting for the boom.

One such organisation is the PGA TOUR, who are making the trip to Betting on Sports 2018 at the London Olympia from September 18-21, delivering a 30 minute presentation titled “Betting on Golf: How the PGA TOUR is Driving into the Future” (in conference room one at 14.15pm on Wednesday September 19).

Speaking that day are Len Brown and David Miller, The TOUR’s Chief Legal Officer and Vice President & Assistant General Counsel respectively, who see Betting on Sports on the perfect platform to get its message across, further its education and create key industry relationships: “The PGA TOUR’s business is growing increasingly international, and Betting on Sports 2018 provides us with a unique opportunity to deliver our message to a large and sophisticated global audience.   

“We hope to educate the audience on the role that the PGA TOUR is playing in the world of integrity and gaming and on the potential for commercial opportunities with the PGA TOUR.”

Adding: “We hope to develop new relationships in the gaming industry, inform others on the role the PGA TOUR is playing in the industry and further our own education as legal sports betting spreads in the US.”

Amongst the many issues set to be addressed by the world’s leading golf organisation in London in September is one of integrity, which has seen the TOUR partner with Genius Sports to develop and implement its own dedicated program.

Giving a brief insight into what attendees can expect at the Olympia, Brown and Miller commented: “We believe the leagues should play the leading role in protecting the integrity of their respective competitions.  The leagues have the most at stake, as merely one match-fixing incident can damage a league’s reputation for decades.    

“Leagues should be implementing comprehensive integrity systems and procedures, as we have done through the PGA TOUR Integrity Program in partnership with Genius Sports.  We monitor all known betting lines on our competitions in real time for suspicious activity, and we educate our players, employees and other constituencies on corruption prevention. 

“Also, we are advocating for important integrity protections in betting legislation, including requirements that operators share betting data with the leagues for integrity purposes, not offer bets designated by the leagues that are more susceptible to corruption, and not use data from sources like courtsiders and web scrapers that are more likely to be the source of corruption.”

The PGA TOUR is to be present at Betting on Sports 2018, with a 30 minute presentation slot detailed as:

Betting on Golf: How the PGA TOUR is Driving into the Future – The PGA TOUR, the leading golf organisation in the world, will present an overview of betting on golf. The presentation will cover, among other topics, the PGA TOUR’s Integrity Program, its ShotLink data collection system and opportunities for data distribution for sports betting, and its efforts to develop a best-in-class regulatory system for sports betting in the United States.

To see a full agenda please click HERE.