On being a little bit pregnant

Am I the only one who finds this amusing?

In denying the state’s request to dismiss the lawsuit by the NBA, NHL, NFL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp agreed that they have standing to file the suit because expanding legal sports betting to New Jersey would negatively affect perception of their games.

In his ruling, Shipp cited studies offered by the leagues that showed fans’ negative attitudes toward game-fixing and sports gambling.

Stacey Osburn, director of public and media relations for the NCAA, said the association was “pleased with the court’s ruling. The NCAA has long maintained that sports wagering threatens the well-being of student-athletes and the integrity of college sports.”

Aside from the legal wagering on college sports in four states and the illegal wagering that goes on every place else, they may have a point.

If it were illegal to post a spread on a college football game, ESPN’s viewership on Thursday nights would be nonexistent for much of the time.

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One response to “On being a little bit pregnant

  1. Macallanlover

    I was having a discussion about this with my son yesterday, we both talked about how ridiculous the rationale for banning sports betting was when it is everywhere in our society. I enjoy going into the local book parlors in Great Britain and placing interesting bets on a golf tournament, but I really like going into a Sports Book in Vegas with hundreds of fans watching one of fifty large screens and cheering when something significant happens in the event they are interested in. Add drinks brought by a lovely lady, availability of food, bathrooms, the chance to place a legal bet openly, and stir to make for a fun afternoon or evening. Very fun atmosphere.

    Instead we stick our heads in the ground, pretend it doesn’t happen and send everyone to local bookies, or the internet, to place their bets. Billions of good “voluntary tax dollars” going to waste here. Having a fun sports venue locally might be what gets me to go to Hula and drop cable/satellite because it sounds like live sports is all that keeps me from considering this option.