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Sports betting — what’s the big deal?

When I told my friends about the story I was writing for today's paper on Delaware's sports betting they all asked me the same thing. So why the heck are the pro leagues against this? It's a good question and it's one I have a hard time answering.  Here is the gist of the leagues' argument against why Vegas-style betting on sports should not be expanded to Delaware: "Sports betting lotteries involving single-game betting threaten the integrity of professional and amateur sports and are fundamentally at odds with the principle -- essential to the success of the MLB, the NBA, the NCAA, the NFL and the NHL -- that the outcomes of professional and collegiate athletic contests must be perceived by the public as being determined solely on the basis of honest athletic competition." Also, "The implementation of a full sports betting scheme in Delaware would irreparably harm professional and amateur sports by fostering suspicion and skepticism that individual plays and final scores of games may have been influenced by factors other than honest athletic competition." Click here for the full complaint. Here are a couple of popular arguments against that statement. 1) NFL injury reports: why in the world should teams be required to submit injury reports Tuesdays and Thursdays if people weren't watching the point spread? Sure, the reports also help for fantasy sports -- which also turns into a form of gambling when players contribute money into a winner's pot -- but injury reports have been around much longer than fantasy sports.

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