America’s Bad Bet on Sports Gambling

From a story on by Christopher Caldwell headlined “America’s Bad Bet on Sports Gambling”:

Central Michigan’s Chippewas faced the mighty Cowboys of Oklahoma State to open the college football season on Thursday night. Their last meeting, in 2016, produced one of the most heart-stopping endings in recent college football history. Down 27-24, with no time left on the clock, quarterback Cooper Rush completed a pass to Jesse Kroll at the 9-yard-line, where he was immediately smothered by a tackler. But not before he had flung a quick lateral to junior wide receiver Corey Willis, who began a footrace to the end zone alongside an Oklahoma State defender, wrestling his way along the goal line, falling sideways for a touchdown and a 30-27 victory, as the crowd in Stillwater looked on in shock. It was an upset—the Chippewas’ first win against a ranked opponent since the George H.W. Bush administration. It probably put Rush (now a Dallas Cowboy) in the National Football League.

The Sports Gambling Gold Rush Is On—and It Has a Long History of Corrupting Sports

From a New York Times opinion piece by Spencer Bokat-Lindell headlined “The Sports Gambling Gold Rush Is On. Should We Be Concerned?”:

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the national ban on sports betting. In the years since, about 30 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the practice, and now more than 100 million Americans live in places where they can legally gamble on games.

Sports Leagues and TV Networks Like Gambling But It Can Be a Dangerous Addiction

From a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by Daniel Lee headlined “Sports Leagues and TV Networks Like the Gambling Odds”:

Princeton, Indiana

We gambled a little at the Gibson County Ambulance Service in the late 1970s. Nothing serious, a bit of quarter and dollar poker between runs. An emergency medical technician I worked with did hit it big once. He turned up after the Kentucky Derby showing off a $600 roll he’d won on a long shot. Meanwhile, a pool room and lunch cafe on the Princeton square ran illegal sportsbooks. Word was that they played some more-serious poker there, too….