Conner’s Corner / Ray Conner
The new sports betting law: Is it a good thing?
Ever since the Supreme Court struck down the federal law that required states to ban gambling on the outcome of sporting events, many states are gearing up to allow sports betting.
This will be a new tax gathering venture that will fill each state’s coffers.
The idea was simple as they, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), was trying to break the monopoly that the state of Nevada held in this. Of course, there have always been a lot of non-legal sports betting going on around the country.
Another thing this will do is eliminate the grasp of the mobsters of present day to run their ‘books’ out of the candy store. This can also eliminate the possible broken legs one might incur if the bet is not paid back in a timely manner.
I can also see the U.S. Government peeling back the numbers of officers involved in stopping these illegal sports betting ventures.
This will also eliminate the off-shore betting places that popped up to allow gamblers to place bets on a myriad of sports.
I can see every state that has professional and collegiate teams opening their own version of a sports book.
In this way they get to keep the gambling taxes in state.
Now comes another scenario that could possibly occur. Will the newer version of ‘books’ be allowed to open up sports betting on high school sports? If so, how will they regulate it? I can see all types of probables coming from this.
Let’s speak in a hypothetical. Say a high school athlete knows he is not the type to make it to the next level in sports. They still want to go to college, drive fancy cars, and wear all the right clothes.
A shady figure comes out of the wood work and offers him or her money to throw a game? That does make one wonder if this is such a good thing.
My personal opinion is to keep it at the college and professional sports level. Let states open their books, but let’s be careful we don’t open another can of worms in the process.
Don’t get me wrong, I for one like to make a bet on which team will win a certain game. I have also placed wagers on teams winning. Of course, wink wink, I’ve always done it legally.
So if it’s done right, then every state can be a winner in the sports betting game.