Betting on sports gambling
by John Jastremski
May 16, 2018 | 1541 views | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In all of my years of doing sports radio, beginning in Syracuse and continuing on WFAN in New York City, the sports gambling scene has always been a topic near and dear to my heart.

I find the point spreads, the way lines move, and how people react to a certain line or game fascinating in so many ways.

I have not hid from discussing it, and over the years I have embraced the idea of bringing members of the gambling community, from oddsmakers to handicappers, onto the show to provide their unique insight.

This was always in a world where, in legal terms, you were not allowed to place a bet on a sporting event unless you were in the state of Nevada.

I, along with many in my audience and fellow hosts, are well aware how sports gambling has been a prominent part of the sports world for decades.

It may not have been acknowledged, but sports and gambling have gone hand in hand for as long as I can remember.

It was always quite ridiculous how some members of the media addressed the subject of sports gambling because they were uncomfortable addressing the elephant in the room.

Thankfully, this ridiculous stigma finally came to an end on Monday with the Supreme Court ruling to legalize sports gambling across the United States.

It’s a decision that quite frankly is a no-brainer on so many different levels.

The consumer will benefit because they will be able to legally place a wager in a variety of different ways, whether it be online via betting apps or at a casino, race track or pop-up shop.

It is beneficial to government, because now they will finally be able to capitalize and profit off an industry that has been underground and untouchable for so many years.

The decision not only helps the consumer, it not only helps Uncle Sam, but think about the folks in Atlantic City who will see an infusion of business for sporting events because of the ability to legally place a wager.

A major sporting event will make any casino with a sports book the place to be.

You will find some who are adamantly against the Supreme Court’s ruling. They will argue that legalized sports gambling could lead to more Americans developing a gambling problem.

I respectfully disagree.

Whether sports gambling was legal or not, a degenerate gambler is going to find a way to place a bet. That’s reality.

Sports gambling, just like an alcoholic beverage, should be handled with moderation but unlike gambling via offshore accounts, you will not be able to place a wager without putting up the money first.

The system will be set up just like in Las Vegas, where you cannot bet money you do not have.

I think back to being in London in the fall teaching my girlfriend Caitlyn how to throw in a four-team parlay right before the start of week four of the NFL season.

I remember saying to her how great it would be if William Hill had legalized pop-up shops in our country.

Well, I got my wish.

You can listen to me Friday, Sunday & Monday from 2 to 6 a.m. on WFAN Sports Radio 660/1019 FM. You can also watch me on Geico Sports Night Friday & Saturday after Mets Postgame on SNY.
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