Gov. Jim Justice said on Friday that the bill passed by the Legislature, SB451, permitting Sports Wagering will become law.
“After the U.S. Supreme Court issues its decision on sports wagering, to address any provisions of the legislation that might be in conflict, I will ask the Legislature to look at the advantages of partnering with the major sports leagues,” Gov. Justice said. “I believe there could be real value to this partnership. I expect the Supreme Court to rule on this issue in the next few months. This approach will allow us to develop a relationship with all the major sports leagues so that it is beneficial to everyone.”
He went on and said that “if there are issues that we can address” and make this “model legislation that the entire country can use and duplicate, we should do so. Again, nothing can happen until the Supreme Court issues their decision, but we want to be ready when they do,” Gov. Justice said.
Mike Bass, NBA Executive Vice President, Communications, has issued the following statement regarding the sports betting bill in West Virginia:
“We appreciate the Governor’s commitment to call a special session to add necessary and critical safeguards to the law. We will work with all relevant parties on amendments that will protect consumers and the integrity of sports.”