He says new regulations would help prevent underage betting while educating those with a gambling problem about how to bet responsibly.

Silver says new laws would have to protect the integrity of the sports.

Sports leagues have long opposed gambling on games, claiming it creates incentives for game-fixing. It is currently only legal in Nevada; New Jersey is moving toward legalization — against the opposition of all four major pro sports leagues.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says it’s time for a new approach to betting on sports.

. He suggests a federal framework that allows states to legalize sports betting.

In an op-ed article for The New York Times published online on Thursday, Silver says fans should have a safe and legal way to gamble on professional games

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