As New States Join the Sports Betting Fold, Concerns for Crime, Addiction and Costs for Taxpayers

Casino Watch Focus has reported many times on sports gambling and the attempts states have made to legalize such betting.  An online source is reporting that Delaware has now passed legislation to expand sports betting to the internet as well as 20 other non-casino locations.  Illinois is also considering such expansion.  Illinois own, Professor John Kent explains the dangers to families if this trend extends:

John Warren Kindt, a professor of business and legal policy at the University of Illinois, has testified before the U.S. Congress and state legislatures regarding socioeconomic gambling issues. He is a senior editor and contributing author to the multi-volume 2009-2012 United States International Gambling Report

Legalizing sports gambling would obviously create new taxpayer costs for crime and would open the door to widespread Internet gambling. More subtly and most importantly, legalizing sports gambling would result in the creation of new Wall Street financials and catalyze a new speculative bubble similar to the 2008 debacle on credit default swaps. The financial “side-bets” of sports gambling need to be exposed as creating no product, having no real asset base, and “wearing no clothes.

The congressional bipartisan U.S. National Gambling Impact Study Commission highlighted that gambling scandals have historically accompanied collegiate, professional, and even Olympic sports. Noting that the U.S. Congress had been misled into allowing legalized sports gambling in four states (Delaware, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon), the U.S. Gambling Commission recommended “that the betting on collegiate and amateur athletic events that is currently legal be banned altogether.” Before, during, and after the U.S. Gambling Commission, this Recommendation 3.7 was actively supported by all of the U.S. professional and collegiate sports associations, which were concerned with the “integrity of sports,” the potential for systemic corruption, and organized crime. 

According to the medical, sociological, and psychiatric communities, gambling addiction parallels drug addiction. These medical similarities may be viewed in the 60 Minutes news expose, “Slot Machines: The Big Gamble.” Sports gambling is also known as the “gateway drug” to gambling addiction. At 4 percent to 6 percent of their demographic, young people are already showing double the gambling addiction rate of the older generations. Therefore, the U.S. Gambling Commission recommended extensive efforts to educate young people regarding the problematic nature of gambling (Rec. 3.13), and the commission recommended the continued criminalization of Internet gambling (Rec. 5.1).

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