Don’t bet on it: Sports gambling in America
Huffington Post - 11/14/2014
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s op-ed in the New York Times calls upon Congress to change the nation’s laws to adopt a federal framework that allows states to authorize betting on professional sports. It is a courageous position for a sports commissioner to take. To recognize the reality that hundreds of billions of dollars are bet annually — and illegally — on sports is an enormous breakthrough even if the NBA is the only sport to recognize the fact.
There can be little question that sports gambling is a vice — much like drinking and playing the lottery. However, we have passed the point of trying to decide whether gambling on sports provides some sort of benefit to society. It is ubiquitous. Few turn on the games, especially football, without knowing the betting line. For some, the greatest joy comes from gambling on the uncertain outcomes of these contests.