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Americans think legalized sports betting will hurt integrity of the game

Data: SurveyMonkey poll of 2,506 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 24–28, 2019 with a margin of error of ±3 percent. Poll methodology; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

More Americans see the spread of legalized sports gambling as hurting, rather than helping, the integrity of professional athletics, according to an Axios/SurveyMonkey poll.

Why it matters: That runs counter to the leagues' argument that as sports betting gains ground, officials will need to ensure the rules are being followed and the right calls are made. That, leagues say, will increase the overall integrity of the leagues.

The race to become the "Netflix of sports"

Collage illustration of a television in a stream of water near a historical image of people watching an early 3D film.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Former ESPN boss John Skipper made waves last year when he joined relatively unknown sports streaming network DAZN (pronounced "Da Zone").

Why it matters: Skipper is hoping to build a subscription service akin to the "Netflix of sports" by wooing leagues that already have a line of digital and TV companies waiting anxiously for existing contracts to expire.

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