Major League Baseball will introduce new lineup protocols this season. The effort is being undertaken due to the legalisation of state-sponsored sports gaming outside of Nevada.
Franchises will now be required to submit lineup data to the league 15 minutes before they are made public so that MLB’s operations department can limit the amount of insider information that might be used to manipulate betting trends. This will also serve to add a layer of uniformity to the league’s dissemination of pregame information.
“We are updating a number of our procedures to reduce integrity risks associated with the expansion of sports betting in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling last May,” MLB said in a statement. “One new procedure is that we now ask clubs to submit starting lineups in a uniform fashion in order to reduce the risk of confidential information being ‘tipped’. This approach mirrors those of international sports leagues in more developed betting markets.”
In the past lineups were released in a more random manner, often by a journalist in the press box or by a team’s official Twitter account.