MLB’s Official Betting Policy

Official betting is legal sports wagering on real-time events that are regulated by state laws and available at licensed sportsbooks. Since the Supreme Court struck down PASPA in 2018, dozens of states have established regulated sports betting options.

The MLB is dedicated to ensuring fans who choose to bet on games do so responsibly. This is why the league partners with the American Gaming Association’s Have A Game Plan. Bet Responsibly campaign and is a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling.

In 2022, MLB became the first major sports league to introduce a comprehensive responsible gambling program. It includes a robust education component, increased staffing to help troubled players and access to treatment and recovery resources. In addition, the MLB is working with sportsbook operators to improve data and analytics to better identify suspicious betting activity.

MLB is a proud partner of the Responsible Betting Coalition, an industry group that is leading the charge to promote responsible betting practices in legal sportsbooks. The coalition is a partnership of national and state organizations that are committed to educating consumers and improving the quality of sports betting in the United States.

NFL players are allowed to bet on non-NFL events in states that make it legal, but may not place bets while at team or league facilities or while on the road with their teams. This is a standard provision in every player contract, as well as the collective bargaining agreement.