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The Supreme Court after a recent decision on sports betting. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Professional sports leagues like the NBA and NFL are asking for sweeping federal laws on sports betting, but things may not play out in their favor.

Big picture: Leagues want to ensure they get a percentage of the action via "integrity fees," but some states have already decided not to include them in their proposed policies.

Integrity fees are a percentages of sports betting profit paid to governing sports bodies for oversight into betting operations. They currently exist in Europe and Australia.

  • Christopher Soriano, a gaming lawyer at Duane Morris, says integrity fees are a way for leagues to keep a clean image while de-stigmatizing sports betting.
  • Long tail: The per-bet percentages are nominally small (typically 1%), but in aggregate represent a guaranteed revenue source worth lobbying for.
  • That doesn't mean it will happen: "It's hard to get Congress to agree on anything," Soriano says. Plus, he adds that federal legislators won't feel much pressure to act because many states already are developing their own sports betting legislation.

States with sports betting laws in place:

None of those states' sports betting laws include integrity fees. Namely because they would reduce the amount states receive. "Even one percent is a very large amount of the money," Soriano explains.

  • Two outliers could be New York and Indiana, where integrity fees have been discussed as part of proposed sports betting bills.

Sports league lobbyists argue that costs incurred from monitoring betting activity would be offset by revenue from integrity fees. New York State Senator John Bonacic told The Washington Post that a fee would be "fair" considering "more of a demand" on sports leagues.

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.

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