Momentum is clearly on the side of legalized sports gaming.
Like the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight it seems about ten years too late, but Ill take it.
Too much, I believe is made of fixed games when it comes to sports betting. В Bringing it into the light will only enhance the integrity of the game.But more importantly, people want to wager on the games. В A lot are doing it now.
And the leagues know this.
It is only a matter of time now.
Adopted in 1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) bans betting on sporting events except in those states where such betting was legal at the time the law was approved, or in any state that legalized sports betting within a year of that date. Four states Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana qualify for this exemption.
It is also known as the Bradley Bill, for its sponsor, Senator Bill Bradley.
From the New York Magazine
When the N. B. A. commissioner Adam Silver announced in November that he was in favor of legalizing sports betting in the United States, he shattered decades of genteel sporting tradition. For generations, major professional sports leagues in America have done their best to pretend sports gambling does not exist. But, as Silver wrote in an opinion column in The Times, illegal gambling is already everywhere. Urging legislators to contend with the reality that information technology has made it impossible to confine sports betting to Nevada, Silver argued for taking the market, worth an estimated $400 billion a year, into the realm of the licit.
What Silver didnt dwell on was the N. B. A. s own gambling history. While every big league has had its betting scandals, the N. B. A. s embarrassment has been the most recent and the most lurid. In 2007, a referee named Tim Donaghy admitted that he passed inside information to gamblers and bet on games he officiated. Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in prison, but his case still casts a shadow on the leagues reputation.
The N. B. A. s willingness to break with other major leagues on the issue of betting may reflect, at least in part, a counterintuitive but judicious appreciation of its own particular reality: Of all the major American spectator sports, basketball is arguably the most susceptible to betting scandals. And according to a number of economists, more betting, not less, would help the game protect its integrity. That is, as long as its done legally.
Gamblers are always looking for an edge and, at any level of play, basketball is a relatively easy game to corrupt. Each team has only five players on the court, and teams score dozens of times a game. It takes just one deliberate underperformer to tilt the contest in a way that isnt possible in most other team sports. (Scoring in baseball and football, by contrast, is much more contingent on how the team performs as a whole.)
Basketball is made even more vulnerable because of the popularity of В«spreadВ» betting, based on a prediction by bookmakers on which team will win and by how much. A strong team might be favored by, say, 10 points over a weak team. If the favorite fails to win by more than that margin, those who bet on the underdog cash in.
The spread is intended to even up the amount of betting on each team and reduce the risk to bookies. Unfortunately, it also means a corrupt player on the better team might be tempted to cheat: Given the right financial motivation, he can satisfy his coaches, teammates and fans by winning the game, but he can also miss just enough shots to ensure that his team fails to cover the spread, so that bettors on the weaker team cash in.