West Virginia Not Willing to Pass Sports Betting “Integrity Fees”


$16,000,000, that’s how much revenue West Virginia estimates it will make in the first year of legal sports betting. The Mountain State is one of only five in the nation right now that offers legal sports gambling, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle welcome the extra money.

“Well, I think sports betting is good all around for everything in West Virginia. And things that we can be more active and generate more revenue for people like education, veterans, and senior citizens,” said Del. Andrew Robinson, (D) Kanawha.

“Sports betting is going to bring in a lot of money for our state. People have the freedom to do it. And even before it was allowed, people were doing it anyway,” said Del. John Higginbotham, (R) Putnam.

But now a new report from the American Gaming Association says major league sports will take in 4-Billion dollars in revenue in the first year of sports gaming nationwide. Originally Governor Justice and others were talking about a one-percent sports “integrity fee” that West Virginia would pay to the major leagues from the revenue. It’s an idea that’s met stiff resistance.

“The West Virginia Legislature looks at things that we only generate or push out revenue when it’s a benefit to West Virginians. And giving away money to the national and professional sports leagues isn’t a benefit to West Virginia,” said  Del. Andrew Robinson, (D) Kanawha.

“I can tell you as of right now I would not be supporting it, depending on the specifics,” said Del. Josh Higginbotham, (R) Putnam.

The West Virginia Lottery Commission nixed the integrity fee, even though the idea of paying the leagues could come up again, despite strong opposition.

“If you require a fee to maintain your integrity, I would have to call in your integrity, to begin with,” said Del. Mike Pushkin, (D) Kanawha.

Individual casinos could negotiate an integrity fee with the sports leagues, without the state being involved.

Right now its a fair bet that nothing major will change on the sports betting legislation in West Virginia, at least not until the full legislature is back here for the 2019 session in January.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Sports Video

More Sports Videos


More Video


Barnesville High School

Beallsville High School

Beaver Local High School

Bellaire High School

Bridgeport High School

Brooke High School

Buckeye Local High School

Buckeye Trail High School

Caldwell High School

Cambridge High School

Cameron High School

Clay-Battelle High School

Conotton Valley High School

East Liverpool High School

Edison High School

Fort Frye High School

Harrison Central High School

Hundred High School

Indian Creek High School

John Marshall High School

Linsly High School

Magnolia High School

Martins Ferry High School

Meadowbrook High School

Monroe Central High School

Morgantown High School

Oak Glen High School

Paden City High School

Parkersburg High School

Parkersburg Catholic High School

Parkersburg South High School

River High School

St. Clairsville High School

Shadyside High School

Shenandoah High School

Steubenville High School

Steubenville Catholic Central High School

Toronto High School

Tyler Consolidated High School

Union Local High School

University High School

Valley High School

Weir High School

Weirton Madonna High School

Wellsville High School

Wheeling Central High School

Wheeling Park High School

Ohio Lottery

Don't Miss

Trending Stories

More Top News

WTRF 7News Twitter

12SportsZone Twitter