The NBA 2K League announcement the suspension and DQ of six people for violating league playing rules.
The NBA and the sports world as a whole has warmed to the game in recent years, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s strikedown of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Still, leagues, including eSports leagues, have been careful to maintain the integrity of their games and contests.
“An investigation revealed that Christopher Lafanette, Dorian Earl Miller and Robert Nastasi of Blazer5 Gaming, Kimanni Ingram of Jazz Gaming and Zekirri Dennis of Mavs Gaming all bet or attempted to bet on NBA 2K League matches alone or through others, the league said in a statement. All five players also violated league rules by failing to report any violations or cooperate with the investigation. Blazer5 Gaming coach Andrew Maxie and player Marquis Gill have also been indefinitely disqualified from league activity for failing to report violations or cooperate with the league’s investigation.
“The integrity of our game is, and always will be, the NBA The top priority of the 2K League,” league president Brendan Donohue said in a statement. “We take our obligation to the competition and to our fans incredibly seriously, and we will always act forcefully on violations of the rules governing the integrity of the game and the associated reporting and cooperation requirements.”
The NBA 2K League is an eSports league that is a joint venture between the National Basketball Association and Take-Two Interactive. The league was announced in February 2017.
According Reuters: “The NBA 2K League wrapped up its fifth season in August, with Bucks Gaming winning its first 5v5 title and Pistons GT winning the first 3v3 championship […] The league will consist of 25 teams in 2023 with the addition of the Australia-based team NBL Oz Gaming. All but two of the other 24 teams are affiliated with NBA franchises, the exceptions being China-based and Mexico-based Gen.G Tigers DUX Infinitos.
Over 30 states have legal sports betting, with some allowing esports betting.