Betting? On college sports? No!
Delaware is in the midst of a pretty interesting situation. Faced with an economic downturn like the rest of the country, the state has decided that one way to recoup some lost state income is to legalize individual-game sports betting. The proposal is pretty common sense. It's legal to bet on sports in Delaware anyway, just not on single games. But it isn't a major health or wellness issue, and it certainly doesn't carry the stigma of, say, legalizing marijuana, if that stigma even exists anymore. The state can tax it heavily. And Joe Blow Sports Fan gets to lay some legal action on the Wilmington City Ruff Rollers every night instead of just playing the futures market. Win-win.
Naturally, the NCAA and pro sports leagues hate this. They're suing Delaware (just once in my life, I want to sue an entire state for something) and their logic goes a little something like this:
Delaware's sports betting plan "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," the leagues and NCAA said in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Delaware.
As you can see, the NCAA's case is logically airtight. Ha ha, no it's not. It's actually horribly un-airtight. There is air flowing all around in here. Most of this air is hot.
Here's where I'd explain that people already bet on NCAA games and UNLV plays in Las freaking Vegas for cripes sake but you already know all that, so let's just move on to the fun part, which is where Delaware majority leader Peter Schwartzkopf comes in:
It is hard to imagine why moving forward with sports betting in Delaware will undermine the integrity of professional or college sports. Las Vegas has promoted sports betting for many years, so Delaware is not covering new ground here. When it comes to expanding state sponsored gaming, legitimate debate and discussion should continue among Delaware’s elected representatives and its citizens. But the self-serving, hypocritical pronouncements and legal threats by these for-profit sports leagues that have sued Delaware should be rejected.
I WANT HOLYFIELD. Oh, but he's not done yet:
We also learned that the NCAA ... sponsored the Las Vegas Bowl last year, housing its players in hotel casinos where bets are taken on games.
No! Say it ain't so! You mean the NCAA might be acting hypocritically on an issue regarding the amateur status of its athletes? I simply cannot fathom this.
The NCAA is a powerful organization, and it has more pull than you think. Which is why it is so delicious to hear it so brutally ravaged with verbal assault. Leave it to the NCAA to make you root for a state politician.