Joe Torre stepped up to the plate in Albany on Monday, saying that to protect the game, organized baseball should get a cut of the action if the state authorizes sports betting.
“I’ve been in baseball almost 60 years,” he said. “It’s been my life. It’s very important to me and my family. The only thing I ask is that we be engaged.”
The former Yankees manager was honored in the capital as Italian-American of the Year by the New York Conference of Italian-American Legislators.
Before attending a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion, he stopped by the Legislative Office Building to announce support for legislation that would allow sports betting within limits.
That would include a 25-cent fee to Major League baseball for every $100 wagered, restrictions on types of bets that can be placed, a continued ban on players betting and exclusion of the minor leagues. Continue reading at The New York Post.