On Monday morning, the Supreme Court struck down a long-standing law against sports gambling in the United States. This opens the door for states to decide whether or not they want to allow sports betting.
BREAKING: Supreme Court strikes down federal anti sports gambling law, gives states go-ahead to allow betting on sports.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 14, 2018
Frankly, this was inevitable. With how popular sports betting is offshore at places like Bovada and Oddshark (among others), it was only a matter of time until it was legalized to some degree in the US. It also benefits players, who don’t need to use shady, seedy bookies under the table anymore.
And, let’s be real, think of how much this can be taxed. And think of how the NFL, MLB, etc. can take a cut of this. Dolla dolla bills, y’all.
Sports betting is already commonplace in a lot of the world. I’ll never forget the semester I spent in Leicester, England, where I saw a book on what seemed like every corner. It’s almost always better to legalize and regulate things like gambling than it is to let people continue to do it (which you know they will) with added risks involved.
It’s also important to note that this hasn’t legalized gambling nationwide yet. States can choose whether or not they’ll legalize it, and to what extent. New Jersey, the state at the middle of the whole Supreme Court case, obviously will. But what about Kansas? What about Missouri, where the Chiefs and Royals call home?
Then again, as Ryan Nanni of Every Day Should Be Saturday joked on Monday, maybe you already feel like you’re gambling on your Kansas City teams.
STATLER: What do you think of this news that fans can gamble on sports now?
WALDORF: I thought that’s what buying Chiefs season tickets was.
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) May 14, 2018
The next interesting aspect to watch will be the implementation. There could be more physical, brick-and-mortar sports books. Places that already have video gaming may add sports betting windows or something similar. Maybe some stadiums will start having windows where you can place a bet before kickoff.
Imagining the latter is wild. Show up at Arrowhead, tailgate, place a bet, go to your seat. This could be an entirely new game day experience.
There are still a lot of people who don’t like the idea of legal sports gambling. Two SCOTUS justices dissented, after all. Reasons vary from it being addictive, “sinful,” whatever. But if you’re on that side of the fence, you can’t lose sight of the fact that it was already extremely easy to place a wager on a game. You just had to go offshore for it.
Which, by the way, you could do from your phone. Again, it’s already easy to do.
You can easily argue the positives outweigh the negatives here. You know the four major sports leagues feel the same way (now that it’s trendy to, anyway). Again, money talks.
Legal sports gambling is coming. Soon. And, for what it’s worth, the Chiefs are three-point underdogs Week 1 versus the Chargers.