For over five years, sports betting has been expanding in the United States following the repeal of PASPA. This has resulted in the enactment of retail, mobile, or both retail and mobile sports wagering in different states, allowing punters to legally wager through licensed operators. While there are clear benefits to legal sports betting, such as support for teams and the generation of vital tax revenue for local and state programs, concerns have been raised about the potential impact on the integrity of sports and the safety of professional players.
In a recent interview with NBC Sports’ Golf Central, Norb Gambuzza, the PGA Tour’s senior vice president of media and gaming, discussed the challenges the Tour faces due to the growth of the legal betting sector and the actions being taken to ensure the integrity of the game.
Gambuzza highlighted the PGA Tour’s efforts to monitor betting activities worldwide in real-time. By doing so, the Tour can identify any suspicious transactions or significant movements of money related to certain players, all as part of the PGA Tour’s integrity program.
Furthermore, Gambuzza emphasized that PGA Tour officials are prohibited from engaging in sports wagering. This policy was implemented following the repeal of PASPA and applies to anyone with PGA Tour credentials or other individuals referred to as “covered persons.”
In light of recent scandals involving NFL players and sports betting, including instances where bettors used social media to threaten professional athletes, the PGA Tour has taken a proactive approach to monitoring incidents related to golfers engaging in sports wagering. This includes the implementation of robust integrity policies and clear rules for all covered persons.
To enhance its monitoring capabilities, the PGA Tour has partnered with Genius Sports and US Integrity, both of which facilitate the monitoring of betting activities worldwide. Additionally, all of the PGA Tour’s betting partners maintain a list of covered persons, enabling the immediate identification of anyone who places a wager on golf.
Overall, the PGA Tour is committed to upholding the integrity of the sport and ensuring that its covered persons adhere to the prohibition on engaging in sports wagering. Through ongoing monitoring and partnerships with industry leaders, the Tour is taking proactive measures to safeguard the game of golf from potential integrity risks associated with the expansion of legal sports betting.