So, many of the league’s owners who see growth potential are partnering with or investing in gaming companies. In response, the league created a new “20% rule,” in which team owners can’t have more than a 20 percent ownership stake in a sportsbook or they would be forced to have their team’s games excluded from the board. Yet, there is still no change in injury reporting rules, ground zero for where high-interest games could be influenced.
This is especially true in the NBA playoffs, in which a star player’s availability or health status could be a huge factor in how the game plays out. There’s significant gray area. Players are protected by federal privacy laws. Also, at this late stage of the season, many players are dealing with various injuries. Several players on each team could be put on the injury report with some malady, which could mask more significant injuries.