Introduced: By U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), legislation that would authorize the Justice Department to set minimum standards for states to offer sports betting. Several states now offer sports betting after New Jersey won a Supreme Court challenge in May. The PGA Tour issued a statement Wednesday supporting the bill, known as the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act of 2018. “We continue to believe that nationwide standards are the best method of protecting the integrity of our competitions and our fans,” the Tour statement read. “In particular, we would welcome the establishment of a national body to oversee the integrity of sports in the United States.” The Tour reportedly would be eager to seek a so-called integrity fee as a cut of any gambling revenue. Such fees were not mentioned in the legislation. Under the legislation, a National Sports Wagering Clearinghouse would be created to receive and share sports-wagering data. Suspicious transactions would be flagged for law enforcement. Since New Jersey’s legal victory, major professional sports leagues such as the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball have sought a uniform nationwide set of rules for gambling.
Destroyed: By fire, the clubhouse at Machrihanish (Scotland) Golf Club on Wednesday, according to the Daily Record newspaper of Glasgow. No injuries were reported. Club steward Iain McLean lives with his family in an upstairs apartment in the clubhouse, according to the Daily Record. The classic links course, which sits at the southern edge of the Mull of Kintyre, was designed by Old Tom Morris and founded in 1876.
Named: By the PGA of America, Ryan Vermeer and Bob Sowards as winners of the association’s top annual player awards. Vermeer, 40, of Omaha, Neb., was named the PGA’s Professional Player of the Year after he won the PGA Professional Championship. Sowards, 50, of Dublin, Ohio, was named the Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year after he won the Senior PGA Professional Championship. The awards will be presented April 26 in Bluffton, S.C.