The governing bodies of US professional and collegiate sports have called for a focus on integrity controls and urged Congress to develop a federal framework for sports betting regulation following yesterday's ruling by the Supreme Court.

The professional sports leagues and National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) have long been seen as a major hurdle to sports betting legislation.

However, following the Supreme Court verdict the leagues have all reacted positively, though reiterating the importance of looking at ways to protect the integrity of their competitions. A number have also spoken out in favour of a federal regulatory framework for betting.

National Basketball Association (NBA) commissioner Adam Silver, who has previously called for a change in the US regulatory framework for betting, said that a federal model was preferable.

"Today's decision by the Supreme Court opens the door for states to pass laws legalizing sports betting," Silver said. "We remain in favour of a federal framework that would provide a uniform approach to sports gambling in states that choose to permit it, but we will remain active in ongoing discussions with state legislatures."

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