Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Blatant Hypocrisy of Sports Organizations

News today from ESPN that the sports leagues and the NCAA are suing the State of Delaware, trying to stop them from implementing their much needed sports betting racket. The article at the link is uncharacteristically good for ESPN - and particularly stands out since it is from an AP feed.

Don't get me wrong - I don't think that the State of Delaware (or any state for that matter) should be getting involved in setting up a sports book. What really chaps my hide is the blatant hypocrisy of the sports leagues trying to get them to stop. The Vegas lobby has more power than we think, I guess.

It isn't like point shaving and/or throwing games has never happened before. One of the claims by the leagues is that this sports bookmaking will affect their games, and/or add suspicion to the results. Well DUH that isn't happening now??? I could provide a thousand links that add fuel to this fire, but anyone that even causally follows sports knows about the NBA ref scandal, and the list of illegality goes on and on and on.

Here is a great money quote from the article:

In a letter to Goodell, obtained by The Associated Press, Democrat Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf, the lead House sponsor of legislation bringing sports betting back to Delaware, mentioned:

• The annual Las Vegas Bowl college football game.

• The Maloof family, which owns both the NBA's Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

• A marketing and promotional partnership between the New York Mets baseball team and casino company Harrah's Entertainment at the Mets' new ballpark, CitiField.

• The NHL holding its annual awards ceremony at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

• Promotion of gambling on NFL games on the Web sites of networks that broadcast the games. Schwartzkopf's spokesman cited point spreads and game picks made on the sites.

This is just the tip of the ice burg, but Schwartzkpof hit the nail on the head. Today's sports and the betting world are irreversibly intertwined. Why don't we all just get over it and let private companies set up nice, cushy sports books like they have in Vegas? Anyone who wants to bet can bet already at a bar, or with a bookie, or on the internet, or they can just as well head off to Vegas for a weekend of debauchery and place their bets there.

1 comment:

Jonathan said...

Nobody likes competition.