Swinger's Thoughts on Legalization of Sports Gambling

Swinging Johnson

Monday, August 25, 2014 5:50 AM GMT

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 5:50 AM GMT

I am calling for the complete legalization of sports gambling. Before anyone in authority makes the case that gambling is somehow inherently evil, the government abandoned that moral high ground a long time ago with the advent of scratch tickets, keno and lotteries.

Fantasy Come True for Goodell
Gambling on the NFL is no longer relegated to analyzing the NFL odds and betting on a side or total.  The world of fantasy football is now a big money business and the more you invest the greater your potential return.

I'm not sure how Roger Goodell can postulate that wagering on an NFL game is bad yet fantasy football is a good, wholesome activity despite the fact these leagues will generate hundreds of millions of dollars which will be won and lost based on the outcomes of these contests. Just like those serious gamblers who pore over injury reports, matchups, NFL odds and a litany of statistics in order to determine which side is indeed the right side, so too do the fantasy geeks in order to have the best chance of winning a given game in a seasonal league or a daily league like those being offered by DraftKings.com, FanDuel.com, or Draftstreet.com to name but a few. 

Because of the FFL explosion, the NFL has an entirely new audience that enjoys watching the game for the pure statistical enjoyment and financial reward. It's really not that far removed from why Joe-Six-Pack watches a Sunday afternoon game between the Jaguars and the Titans.  It's all about the money. Yes, in order to watch a game as tedious as that it's got to be all about the money for Joe Q. Public just as it is for Roger Goodell and his coterie of billionaire colleagues. Naturally the difference is that one expects to be entertained for the cost of a $50 bet while the other makes a fortune off all those average Joes watching the NFL because of all those $50 bets. Why else would anyone watch the Jags play the Titans unless you're from Jacksonville or Tennessee? 

Yes, the hypocrisy is laughable but Goodell knows his public philosophy is foolproof. He can rail all he wants about the adverse impact legalization of sports gambling could have on the integrity of his product yet the NFL's television ratings soar because of it. And now he has an entirely new generation of FFL geeks who have joined the party and contribute mightily to those ratings as well. The difference is their form of gambling has somehow eluded the stigma attached to sports betting even though money is won and loss on the performances of the players exactly as it is when making your NFL picks on a side or total. If the NFL is king then gambling, regardless of what form it takes, is the kingmaker. 

 

Legalize It, Tax It and Get on With It
Everyone is yapping about the legalization of marijuana yet the topic of sports gambling gets pushed to the rear of the line every time someone brings it to the fore. I haven't smoked a joint in 25 years therefore I have no skin in this game but if the government has gone as far as allowing its use for medicinal purposes then this ship has certainly sailed. I am astonished how many 19-year-olds are suddenly experiencing chronic (no pun intended) neck, back or joint (no pun intended again) ailments to which the only remedy to reduce this debilitating pain is mother nature's own remedy straight from the ground. At this point isn't it silly for law enforcement to be wasting their efforts on something which an increasingly vocal majority of Americans is saying is no big deal?

Before anyone in authority makes the case that gambling is somehow inherently evil, the government abandoned that moral high ground a long time ago with the advent of scratch tickets, keno and lotteries. So, let's take sports gambling out of the darkness and into the mainstream where a guy can make a bet and not be concerned he will be ensnared in some sort of bookie dragnet. If someone wants to open up a shop, they will pay a licensing fee, put up a surety bond and detail every transaction that can be tabulated and summarily taxed

It will take a bite out of organized crime, reduce betting based on credit and it won't do one damn thing to adversely affect the integrity of the game - any game. The athletes are paid far too much money to be bought and if you have any concerns about how gambling affects professional sports, just ask the rest of the world. Soccer thrives without incident and so too do the bookmakers located on every street corner in London (or online like William Hill) and the rest of Europe. It's time the United States allowed their law enforcement professionals to tackle the real issues and not those contrived by the likes of Roger Goodell.

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