Just Legalize Sports Betting

by Junior D on February 21, 2013 · 1 comment

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I normally don’t jump into political issues, however when it relates to sports my opinions are strong. I have been reading about the lawsuit in New Jersey that is attempting to prevent sports betting in Atlantic City casinos and horse tracks across the state. I don’t understand why the government is trying to step in and prevent this from happening. They are citing archaic laws that were instituted 20 years ago.

The fact is that less than one percent of sports betting in the United States is done, legally, in Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon – the only places in the U.S. where sports betting is legal. That means more than 99% of the sports wagering in the U.S. is done illegally, without being monitored, without regulations or taxes.

If anyone thinks that making sports gambling legal in one state or across the country would cause problems, then those people need to move to another country. Everyone wants to cite the Tim Donaghy incident from 2007. The other “game fixing” that these people are citing is from the Chicago ‘Black Sox’ World Series scandal, which happened over 90 years ago. Both scandals had to do with underground, illegal sports betting, not legalized, monitored sports betting.

The fact that we have an opportunity to legalize sports betting and tax the crap out of it and we are not taking advantage of it is ridiculous. The benefits far outweigh the ‘possible’ downside.

We as a nation need to come to the realization that people with gambling addictions will have those addictions whether gambling is legal or not. We need to let these mouth breathers sink or swim. I know it sounds cold, but we can’t save everyone. People who quit smoking often find themselves in a situation where they are around smokers. If they start smoking again, that’s on them not the tabacco companies.

The fact that the federal government and major sports leagues (NHL, MLB, NFL, and NBA) have lawyered up and are fighting New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie is just ridiculous. I’m sure the tax payers’ money could go to a better cause.

The argument last week wasn’t even about the pros or cons of legalizing sports betting. It was about the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The state of New Jersey argued that PASPA leaves the regulation of sports wagering to individual states while attempting to enforce full prohibition, effectively leaving the federal government to have their cake and eat it too.

Former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, representing New Jersey said “The government, through PASPA, has chosen to thrust the unwelcome burden of regulating sports gambling on the states….If it isn’t going to do so, it can’t instruct the states not to do it or else abandon it to Nevada or organized crime.”

This whole court battle is the federal government using the ‘because I said so’ argument that I use with my son when I don’t have a good reason to give him. The leagues are looking at this in a whole different way. They are trying to protect their shields. They don’t want to have any other Tim Donaghy’s pop up in their leagues which is also a lame argument.

I know that these leagues are looking to protect their brands but legalized sports’ betting does nothing except help them. People don’t just bet on games and look online the next day to check the scores. These degenerates watch the games. If nothing else, legalized sports betting will increase the TV ratings for leagues like the NHL, MLB and NBA. The NHL should be on the other side of this argument….they need all the help they can get.

The federal government needs to stay out of these legal battles and instead figure out a way to keep gas prices under $2 per gallon. That’s something I can get behind.

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Marcel Kruse May 7, 2015 at 4:04 am

Online sport betting is mostly done via a bookmaker, which is also known as bookie. Lawful sports bookies exist in numerous areas, but in areas where sports wagering is illegal, gamblers normally make their sports wagers with either immoral bookmakers. An additional method to bet on sporting activities is through the net. Online bookmakers normally operate outside of the United State.

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