Sports Gambling – What’s the Big Deal?

If you like sports, chances are you have participated in some form of sports betting at one point or another. You may have participated in an imaginary rally, you may have bet a beer with a friend, and you may have bet twice on a Super Bowl or March Madness outcome.

Although the sport game is very common and almost natural (in fact, it has been part of human culture since sport itself), the truth is that many forms of sport game that we participate in are actually illegal. This is especially true if you live in Canada or the United States.

The big argument against gambling in most sports in these countries is the belief that sports betting has the potential to undermine the integrity of the game. Although in the past this used to be true of all sports, today it is more of an issue with youth sports and team athletics than it is with professional leagues.

The reason for this, of course, is pretty obvious. Athletes who receive little or no money to play their sport are more likely to receive bribes than people who have a personal financial interest in the game they are playing. When you’re playing for nothing but fun, offering a few thousand dollars to launch the game can be very tempting. The history of sport is replete with examples of young and professional athletes who succumbed to this temptation.

Legal aspects aside, it’s pretty clear that sports betting is still an important part of our culture. In fact, it is very rare to hear of circumstances where anyone who is not directly involved in gambling has trouble participating in sports betting. Those involved will include coaches, officials and players, and will rarely bet on the game itself.

Sports Gambling - What's the Big Deal


In fact, it could be argued that sports gambling is very much an “open crime” these days. Odds and money accounts are published on major sports channels, and online bookmakers operate with relative impunity. There is little or no effort to stop group gambling in sports, which seems to indicate that sooner or later the laws prohibiting the activity will be repealed forever.

In the meantime, however, if you want to bet on a sport but want to follow the law, there are two ways to do it. Let’s take a quick look.

o Crossbetting: there are some sports in which the government supports betting. This type of betting is known as fair play or revenue sharing game. Strictly regulated, it applies only to dog, horse and Jai Alai racing. All of these events are very brief and therefore difficult to manipulate when it comes to results. And the government will take all bets!

Go to Vegas! Nevada is the only state where sports betting is legal and is also practiced. Again, who knows the real reasons, but there are Nevada sportsbooks ready to bet from people all over the country.

Internet connection: In most of the world, sports betting is regulated and not considered a problem. This means that thanks to the Internet, people in North America can place their bets at well-known bookmakers around the world. Bookmakers in Las Vegas, the UK, Indonesia and many other countries have a presence on the Internet. Just make sure they accept your money; Some warn that American gambling is dealing with government ambiguity about sports gambling.