“That’s how big this thing is going to be.”

Wanna know what town is pulling in more money on sports gambling on any given day than the entire state of Nevada, with much of that coming from the parking lots of three Starbucks coffee shops near highway exit ramps?  Read this.

“I was talking to an [NBA] owner who told me in three-to-five years, we will not even need the TV money. That’s how big this thing is going to be,” Charles Barkley said to BasketballNews.com…

The only question is when, not if, college football embraces the dark side.  There’s too much money.


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16 responses to ““That’s how big this thing is going to be.”

  1. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    …or the In-n-Out burger restaurant on the strip


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Fort Lee New Jersey? When you meet someone from New Jersey, you don’t ask what town, you ask which exit. The whole state is paved over.

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  3. Anon

    I could place a bet from my phone with my bookie from bed right now

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  4. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    So that’s why the NBA isn’t worried about pissing off so many people that not one game of the NBA Finals pulled in more than 7.5M viewers and was outpaced by the Final Four for the first time… well, for the first time?


  5. Remember the Quincy

    I am fine with legalized gambling, but it’s kind of depressing to see how it takes hold of people. I don’t pretend to pass judgment as it’s truly addictive, and addiction is a disease, but still…it hurts to see it.

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  6. Texas Dawg

    When ever I see these gambling takes, the first thing that pops in to my head is the old saying ” A fool and his money are soon parted”. Las Vegas would not have all those fancy casinos and freebies if the odds were not significantly in the house’s favor.

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    • Derek

      Trying to make the world safe for addicts is a fool’s errand.

      We should spend our time making the world safe for people who avoid giving into addiction.

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  7. miltondawg

    I am going to be interested to see how well the two Harrah’s in North Carolina are going to do since both sports books are now fully open and a mere few hours from Atlanta, Greenville, Knoxville, etc. A group of guys that I am friends with has gone to Vegas for the opening weekend of March Madness for years up through 2019. They’re already talking about switching to Cherokee in 2022 with the new books since they can drive up Thursday morning for the cost of a tank of gas instead of a several hundred dollar flight.

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    • mp

      I live in NC and had even somehow missed this news…


    • Down Island Way

      Got a whole lot of money that’s ready to burn….


    • Odontodawg

      As a local here, I can tell you they are doing very well. Smart move by the tribe. They also fought tooth and nail (including paying off several state and federal politicians) to keep the Catawba enterprises from SC out of NC. Very savvy.


  8. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    This is where I get old fashioned, curmudgeonly, and romantic. I think NIL will actually help the sport to some degree. Not so with gambling…well, except for the $$$.

    When I was in law school, there was a group of guys (mostly guys) that gambled all the time in various forms of card games. Most of these guys were Vietnam vets and had some government money to play with, but I didn’t so I was only ever a spectator, but whenever I would ask someone if they won more than they lost every singe one claimed to be ahead. That is just not mathematically possible, so you can see the hold it gets on people.

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  9. jacopojpeterman

    Read something a year or so ago about how crowded the first few NJ train stops are at certain times, filled with NYC folks buying just one train trip to ride into NJ, place all their phone app bets at the first station they can get cell service in without even leaving the station, then getting back on to NYC.


    • ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

      Here in Europe there is a sportsbook on every corner + you can drink when you are 16 + weed is legal + my MRI cost less than a case of natty light. somehow europe hasn’t managed to blow up. maybe that can happen when you expel all the protestants (check the sarcasm meter)

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