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MLB asks Rhode Island to ban bets on spring training games

February 28, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gambling regulators in Rhode Island are reviewing a request from Major League Baseball to ban betting on spring training games.

The league has asked several states to ban betting on the games, arguing that exhibition games are more vulnerable to manipulation because teams are focused on getting players ready for the season, not on winning.

Rhode Island Department of Revenue spokesman Paul Grimaldi said Thursday the letter to the department requests that its lottery division restrict all wagering on spring training games.

Twin River Casino in Rhode Island says it accepts bets on the games.

The league’s request was quickly rejected in Nevada. Mississippi and New Jersey are reviewing it, too.

Pennsylvania regulators asked sports wagering operators to refrain from offering wagers on the games while they examine the concerns.