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Sports Betting Has Green Light, but Poll Suggests Apprehension

17 May, 2018, 15:07 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Nevada home to gambling powerhouse Las Vegas is one of the few states which already legally allows sports betting

Some catch a couple European soccer games on the Jumbotron, placing bets in an app with the swipe of a finger.

Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Mississippi and West Virginia all have passed laws that could legalize sports gambling. Will Terry Rozier make his next shot?

According to the American Gaming Association, an estimated $4.7 billion was wagered on the 2017 Super Bowl, of which 97 percent was illegal.

This is the future of the American sports fan experience, industry experts say, and not a particularly distant one.

"I think we're at a very interesting time with college sports and sports betting sort of converging", VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin said last week, ahead of the Supreme Court ruling that declared each state can decide on its own if sports betting will be legal or banned.

Judge Napolitano's Chambers: Judge Napolitano explains why the United States Supreme Court ruled to allow states to allow sports betting.

But the majority went on to make clear that Congress may directly ban or otherwise regulate sports betting. Sen. Additionally, most states with regulated gaming require anyone receiving a percentage of gaming revenue to be licensed or found suitable - an issue that has largely been ignored in the "integrity fee" debate. "I don't think that's a fight you're wanting to pick, especially with the Thunder here in Oklahoma City". "That's going to be huge".

"There's already Nevada, there's offshore sports betting, there's illegal sports betting, all of which could in theory impact the integrity of the game", he said. Slater, a Providence Democrat who serves with Ruggiero on the House Finance Committee, agrees with the Supreme Court's decision but said the state should recognize this new gambling option could have detrimental effects.

"When you've got one-to-one access to your bookie, who has access to your bank account or credit card, it can allow for an immediacy and frequency of gambling that is really unprecedented in our experience", he said. I don't have my money yet.

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Leagues and teams could try to make money both directly and indirectly from legalized sports betting.

Such safeguards could fall by the wayside, however, amid what is expected to be frenzied competition for new customers.

"We're looking at it from the vantage point of we're going to provide the services the same as we have previously, however there will be more attention that we're looking to bring to the area of sports and sports gambling", said Alia Lucas, Program Specialist in MDHHS" Gambling Disorder Prevention and Treatment Services Section. The shape of the industry will hinge on how those companies share the pie.

The bill in its current state puts Monmouth Park's plans for a Memorial Day sports betting party on hold.

And that idea - that it's already happening - is what the two major party candidates for governor cite when asked how they would handle this, since a lot of it will be worked out in the next year or two.

Laila Mintas, who manages USA offices for the sports data company Sportradar, said the most successful products will boast the best real-time information about what is happening in games. In Minnesota it's legal to play blackjack, poker and slot machines and also to bet on horse racing, but I rarely do any of those things here, even though they're a short drive away.

"I spoke to Senator Sweeney, and he asked me to wait", Drazin said. "That's what nobody does right now".

If Congress had outlawed sports betting, such a law would not have implicated the anti-commandeering jurisprudence because it would have been a restraint on individual personal behavior and not a restraint on the discretion of state law enforcement or elected state representatives. Well, perhaps the governmental grind isn't quite ready unleash its citizens into an borderline anarchist society, but the people have been given a little more freedom than what they've had in the past.

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