College Sports Gambling Essay

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College Sports Gambling

With all of the controversy of gambling in college sports, why is the issue still an issue? The answer is money. There were actions taken towards this by
Congress, but the problem is that it was never completely abolished. Congress had made the mistake of creating a way around it. It is now commonly referred to as “the Las Vegas loophole.” They outlawed the betting nationwide with the exception of one state, one state that is the capital of gambling, Nevada. This has caused few changes, with the exception of the ever-growing revenue that it generates. Another reason the legality still remains is one not frequently mentioned, but the question of the ban being constitutional. But no matter what
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In addition, studies have shown that for every dollar bet on sports in Vegas, $100 is bet with bookies and on the Internet. Rep. Jim Gibbons
(R-Nev.), says that there is nothing backing up that legal gambling in Nevada is
“in any way responsible for the illegal sports wagering that plagues our nation’s college campuses.” Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), said that no problems would be solved by eliminating legal bets any more than “suggesting that outlawing aspirin would stop the sale of illegal drugs.” A poll done by Gallop from March
18-20 (between the first two weekends of this year’s NCAA tournament) found that Americans were divided on issue. The poll stated that 49% believe that college sports gambling should be illegal and 47% believe that it should not.
Strikingly, college basketball fans are stuck on 48% on both stand-points.

The possibility of abolishing gambling on college sports is not very likely nor does it hold much hope of bettering the problem. If the betting was banned, there’s no possibility of it just disappearing. The figures and dollar amounts of illegal gambling are much too high now, and it is still legal. What happens when
Congress puts this law into effect and everyone ignores it? It surely does not say much about our society and its morals. Howard Shaffer, director of the
Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School, said “If we pass legislation that we cannot

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