TFW gambling meets amateurism

Man, what a dilemma for college sports — all that money to be made from tapping into gambling’s insatiable demand for data tempered by the risk posed as a result of not paying the hired help ($$).

“The topics of gambling on college sports and the compensation of collegiate athletes are entirely intertwined with one another and cannot reasonably be separated,” said Marc Edelman, a professor at Baruch College who specializes in sports law. “Today, there is far less concern about professional, commercialized athletes fixing games than there was in 1919 because the minimum salary in the four premier professional sports leagues is approaching half a million dollars. You are not going to have players like Shoeless Joe Jackson, who feel that they are not earning enough money to live a life in which they are entitled. The lone exception to that is college sports, which is a $13 billion industry and which coaches make many millions of dollars per year.

“That is entirely the NCAA’s own doing, by keeping its athletes even more impoverished than the players on the 1919 Chicago White Sox.”

That, essentially, is why some key voices in college athletics are sounding alarms. Their athletes are the most vulnerable by far.

“Sports wagering is going to have a dramatic impact on everything we do in college sports,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said at the NCAA convention this year. “It’s going to threaten the integrity of college sports in many ways unless we are willing to act boldly and strongly.”

Somehow, I don’t think that means what Emmert thinks it means.


Filed under Bet On It, The NCAA

8 responses to “TFW gambling meets amateurism

  1. Macallanlover

    Just another chance to take a shot to advance the “cause” of the poor children. Nothing has changed since the beginning of football regarding gambling’s influence on games. Adding a million or so $5-25, penny ante players does nothing to endanger the sport. Gamblers who bet hundreds and thousands every weekend have always placed bets on every game previously played. If there were to be a “fix”, it would come from the groups who have always taken, and placed, the large bets. “Soccer dads” do not pose a threat, much ado about nothing, imo.


    • Amazing how everything we know about human nature goes out the window when we’re talking about student-athletes.

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      • Macallanlover

        Some don’t share the “boogey man” behind every tree when viewing a forest. These student athletes live a privileged existence, imo. Hard to view them as a victim, 1st world problem for sure. The solution(s) could bring the house down and do more harm than good, we can all have different takes on this “problem”, and how to rectify.


    • W Cobb Dawg

      In cfb there’s a handful of people raking in obscene amounts of money while players are getting table scraps. Even a very decent person and superstar like Todd Gurley needed money. But he was cornered and had very limited options. Suspending Gurley made the situation worse.

      I have no doubt players are going to turn to any source available, even gamblers, if/when they need money. And there’s not much the people in control can do about it. Suspensions expose the inequity of the system and the public rallies to support the players.


  2. Nicole Auerbach writes some awesome stuff.


  3. BuffaloSpringfield

    Where does covering the big data cover the zebras making offsides, illegal motion ( not called ) kicking and jamming the QB face and should in the ground. ( in front of “directly” not called ) Perhaps we should worry about the players accepting bribes but with the zebras holding down full time jobs else where and then getting travel expenses to the game, meal money, hotels and travel to and from games. ( by the way how is Birmingham a neutral site in the SEC conference )
    Supposedly the zebras at said games can not be graduates of either school, nor family members or in laws. Can not have worked in any capacity with any business that associates with participants of the officiated game.
    We have seen crews suspended but if they were given a salary position that meant their entire lively hood and family were at stake on being fired ehhh. Suspended without pay for say two erroneous calls then fired. Period ! Most if not all of these officials have well established incomes bankers, construction companies, lawyers….etc. not your actual Jimmy’s and Joe’s who couldn’t afford McGill donations.
    If you look around though a recent article in Georgia High School Football made the statement that games would have to be arranged Thursday, Saturday’s because of a lack of accreted officials to do the games. As I understand it there is a process of tests the actual performance grades through scrimmages to high school games, then NAIA, then Div. 2, Div. 3 and finally the NCAA.
    Not only are the student athletes going to be adhered to the rigors of gaming but from a fan’s perspective the most critical part of the game itself is how it is officiated. Coaches in both football and basketball have long worked the officials on their sidelines for preferential treatment. Some officials you can talk to and some you can not or won’t talk to you. The best games watched are when you don’t notice the officials at all. When is the last game you watched been so ? TV in itself has made it not about a game between two opposing squads but actually a third intervening party which has decided the outcome of SEC Championships and National Championships as well. Make the officials full time, get a neutral site for the SEC board. Somewhere between aTm and Columbia jr..It just seem right hearing that the play is being reviewed in Birmingham or New York. Tell me they don’t have the money or resources to have the right people and equipment in stadium to address it there. While the booth in B’ham and NY have 3 other plays from other games under review.