It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite right.
That might be the case with the news that Peter Gammons reported on Wednesday, noting that as part of Major League Baseball’s deal with MGM Resorts International to be their “official gaming partner,” team lineups will now go directly to the commissioner’s office before they go to the media or public-facing outlets.
In other words, Vegas gets a first look at the lineup each team is trotting out each day in order to inform their betting lines. Handing over that kind of impact is going to have a lot of managers feeling very wary about the way they deploy their strategies.