Adam Silver Comes Out In Support Of Sports Gambling Just As The Sixers Pioneer ‘The 60-Point Spread’
Sports gambling -- much like drugs, prostitution and other similarly ubiquitous vices -- proliferates in spite of federal regulations. Adam Silver is hip. He knows this.
Might as well figure out a way to control it rather than fight to prevent it from happening in the first place, right?
[NY Times] Congress should adopt a federal framework that allows states to authorize betting on professional sports, subject to strict regulatory requirements and technological safeguards.
These requirements would include: mandatory monitoring and reporting of unusual betting-line movements; a licensing protocol to ensure betting operators are legitimate; minimum-age verification measures; geo-blocking technology to ensure betting is available only where it is legal; mechanisms to identify and exclude people with gambling problems; and education about responsible gaming.
Good job, dude. Way to be the complete opposite of Roger Goodell.
A point that Silver doesn't make but totally should have in his New York Times op-ed, is that American pro sports have long profited off of the increased interest created by gamblers tuning in to watch their money spiral down the drain. It's entirely hypocritical to take a stand against gambling on moral grounds when leagues allow networks to air gambling lines during broadcasts while requiring teams to publish injury reports prior to tip-off. Despite claiming that pro sports leagues have actively fought against organized gambling since the dawn of time, it's fairly apparent that they're aware of sports betting's impact on their bottom-lines, and have secretly/happily embraced that aspect. Embracing gambling as a necessary evil at least acknowledges that the NBA's new commissioner recognizes his league's longstanding policy to be duplicitous and wrong.
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