"... Specifically, we are in favor of a system where betting operators have to be licensed by the government," said IOC President Jacques Rogge, in a conference call the day before he expects to unveil the plan. "Sports organizers, national federations, and international federations would have a fair return for all their efforts for organizing the sport. They should be recognized with a return from financial income."
The premise is one that gamblers have been shouting for years. Instead of pretending the gambling does not exist, give the sports and the teams a piece of the billions of dollars that are being wagered on their games. Regulation is also needed to ensure integrity within a game.
Athletes will be exploited further unless they can collectively argue for a share and as usual the rich will get richer and the athletes will get poorer!