NHL commissioner Gary Bettman talks gambling negotiations

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The NHL is open to negotiations to get involved in the betting business.

During his Tuesday appearance on PodcastOne Sports Now, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed the league wants a piece of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or video from games are used.

“We’ve historically been opposed to extending sports betting on our game, and emotionally I don’t think that’s changed,” Bettman said. “It is a fact of life that in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, and it’ll be up to states to decided whether or not they’re going to enact sports betting.

“From our standpoint, we believe that, whether its our intellectual property, our data, whether its video of our game, we have important assets and if somebody is going to avail themselves or want to avail themselves of those assets in order to conduct their business, then we’re going to need to have a negotiation.”

The NBA became the first major U.S. sports organization to sign with a betting sponsor as commissioner Adam Silver announced the league’s partnership with MGM resorts on Tuesday.

Only Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware have legalized gambling, though seven other states have bills waiting to be passed to legalize sports betting.