Dangers Of Sports Gambling

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Register to read the introduction… As Thompson (2008) explains, sports gambling remains illegal and heavily regulated by the government “because of the potential for events to be fixed, or illegally influenced (using bribes or other forms of compensation)” (p. 2). It is not that difficult to see how this might happen, since numerous sports gambling scandals have occurred in the past. The 1919 World Series was fixed by Chicago White Sox players. Pete Rose was banned from baseball and denied admittance to the Baseball Hall of Fame because of his admission to gambling on sporting events while he was a player and coach. These incidents and others routinely occur and tend to undermine the legitimacy of professional …show more content…
Famous sports players like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Daley admit to losing tens of millions of dollars on sports gambling. Even more worrisome, gambling addiction is on the rise among high school and college adolescents. As Headley (2007) reports, “ESPN estimates that 118 million Americans, some as young as 14, are caught up in a riptide of sports gambling that is rapidly jeopardizing the integrity of the sports we enjoy, as well as the futures of those who wager” (p. 1). College students are at an age where they are “developmentally prone” to gambling, and according to the NCCA 35 percent of make college students bet on sports compared to 10 percent of their female counterparts (Headley, 2007, p. 1). Gambling addiction have become so prevalent among college students that recently the NCAA has developed a program of education and awareness about the dangers of sports gambling and gambling addiction aimed at high school students. Known as “When Gambling Takes Control of the Game,” the program aims to educate high school students about the dangers of gambling and the signs of addiction (Funderburk, 2007). As one NCAA representative explains, “The better we educate high school student-athletes on this issue, the better they’re going to be when they come in to our college campuses” (Funderburk, 2007, p. D1). This is particularly important, since boys ages 10-12 are increasingly becoming interested in sports

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