The SCOTUS has heroically struck down a federal law prohibiting sports gambling. The vote was 6-3 (I had Yes at -1.5, WINNER WINER). Don’t sleep on this, people…this is easily one of the top 5 most groundbreaking things the Supreme Court has done in the last 40 years. I also think it’s great that the majority opinion included “Teases are for suckers”.
I don’t know about you, but I didn’t have a clue this was even something in front of the Court. So this is almost like the world’s best back door cover.
Betting on sports is wholesome fun for all. Sports are made for gambling, and vice versa. It’s a perfect marriage. And as a sports fan, nothing can improve your game watching experience like a modest wager on the outcome. We whole-heartedly encourage betting on sports.
I know many of our fans probably aren’t strangers to the occasional bet. But it’s not that easy for a casual bettor out there. You got to know a guy, and strike up a business relationship. Phone numbers, websites, arrange pickups and deliveries, it’s a whole ordeal. This news could potentially enable a whole new class of gambler to bet casually. HUGE.
It is good for the sports, too. It’s a giant source of interest for their sports, and a huge revenue stream, that leagues and the broadcast partners have basically had to pretend doesn’t exist. If an announcer- looking at you, Brent Musberger, you fantastic bastard- ever even hinted at an approaching total or a backdoor cover, it was the crime of the century. Now, I can’t wait for them to work the gambling angles into the broadcasts.
“Yeah Jim, you’re right, the outcome is settled, they are up 10 with a minute left. But I’d still really love to see a pick 6 here.”
So this is a great day for us all in America. Even if you don’t care about gambling, it’s going to bring more interest and money into the forefront…we don’t have to make believe it’s just some seedy underbelly anymore. It’s mainstream, baby.
I am just frankly stunned that if I’m sitting in a sports book in Everett next year, these are the people who put me there: