Casino Watch Focus has reported numerous times on the NFL’s anti-gambling position. The organization doesn’t like gambling on its sport because they know from other sports the propensity for corruption, game fixing and the devastating trail that can be left behind in gambling’s wake. So imagine how shocking it was when ESPN’s Outside the Lines recently broke a story about the real life consequences of a football gambling ring. Unfortunately, as the Baltimore Sports Report explains, this story has nothing to do with the NFL:
A recent story was featured on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” involving the problem of gambling in the South Florida Youth Football League. That’s right, I said the YOUTH football league. Apparently, people have been gambling on games in this particular league for several years now, but it has never been addressed publicly until OTL decided to conduct an investigation into the situation.
During the investigation, OTL found that on several occasions men were openly betting and exchanging large wads of cash during football games. But after further scrutiny, OTL found that the money being exchanged in the stands was minimal compared to the tens of thousands of dollars changing hands behind closed doors. They even found out that kids were being paid large amounts of money for making big plays. But it didn’t stop there. These men, most of which are drug dealers, found out which kids were the best and recruit them to play for a certain team before the season began by paying off their parents before the start of the season. They would then bet on the team they essentially built and profit off it.
There is so much wrong with the previous couple paragraphs that I almost don’t even know where to start. First of all, the men gambling on these games are the absolute scum of the earth. There’s no other way to put it. They have no consideration for anyone but themselves and are ruining people’s lives in the process. They are taking advantage of parents who don’t make a lot of money and bribing them with cash in order to profit from it. They are tainting a game that kids love to play. They are putting innocent people’s lives at risk due to their ignorant and insensitive way of life, and something needs to be done about it.
There are so many victims that it’s hard to even find a starting point. From the parents & children to the newly financed drug dealers who manage to build their destructive empires on the profits of gambling. There is no way to adequately summarize what has been exposed. To truly understand the extent of this devastation, PLEASE visit ESPN’s original story by Outsides the Lines HERE.