NFL Betting – Delaware and NFL in a fist fight over Sports Betting

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If you want to make a bet on sports in the USA, you have four options: 1) Bet with some sketchy local bookie who is strung out and wasted; 2) Go to Vegas and place a bet in person at a sportsbook 3) Go online and enjoy NFL betting with dozens of online sportsbooks. 4) Delaware. For most discerning folks, #1 is out of the question, especially if you’re block captain and don’t want to be seen fraternizing with Bob the local bookmaker. As for #2, going to Vegas is always a fun experience, but not when you have to report to work on Monday and kiss your boss’s ass about the company’s latest project. It’s simply inconvenient and difficult for regular NFL betting people to shove off to Vegas and place bets. Option #3 is usually the best route to go, especially in terms of accessibility and convenience. Online sports betting is right at your finger tips 24/7, and many offshore books are reputable businesses that are happy to have you as clientele. Offshore NFL betting is easy, flexible, and a lot more enjoyable. Now, however, there could be a 4th option; but not if the powers that be at the NFL have their way. Delaware recently legalized sports betting, in an attempt to create more revenues for the cash strapped state. A federal law enacted in the 1970’s specifically prohibited sports betting in any of the Eastern states, EXCEPT for Delaware and a couple others that had sports lotteries. They were “grandfathered” into the right to offer legal sports betting in their state, because their sports lotteries in the 1970’s were seen as an exception to the Federal legislation. Delaware is converting many of its racinos and gambling centers into sportsbooks, all per order of recent law and the will of the people (for the most part). The NFL and NCAA, however, are up in arms, and have been threatening legal action, among other things. The NCAA is concerned (as they have always been) that legal sports betting will taint players and the game, and therefore states that adopt sports betting end up on the NCAA’s sh*t list. The NCAA has vowed NOT to host any major collegiate sporting events in Delaware, so that the message that “sports betting is wrong” is clearly heard by all who follow college sports. The NCAA’s position may not actually affect Delaware that much: the revenues from sports betting establishments should easily offset any losses sustained by the exodus of the NCAA. When was the last time you went to Delaware for March Madness or a Bowl Game? The NFL is also concerned, and has threatened legal action against the Delaware sports betting act in court. Like the NCAA, the NFL does not approve of sports betting, citing the fact that referees, players, coaches, and other NFL participants will be bought by shady figures from organized crime and other unsavory types. For example, if quarterbacks started to “throw” games and make obvious blunders, one could be led to believe that the QB is on the take, in addition to his multi-million dollar salary (as if that wasn’t enough). To be sure, Delaware actually doesn’t have a pro football team, in part because it is one of smaller states in the union. This still troubles the NFL, who think that sports betting will give rise to legions of troubled officials, corrupt law enforcement, and other sketchy groups. If the NFL were to offer Dover, Delaware a football franchise, chances are strong that the leading name choice for the team would be “The Delaware Degenerates”. Wow, now that would be a football game to see: a couple guys might show up looking like dry drunks, while Lefty Louie offers the game referee a “gift package” of cash money. After the initial coin toss, everyone would circle up again for a consolation “double or nothing” toss 🙂 . You get the picture. In our opinion, there is so much legalized sports betting available to the general public that one state’s formal entry into the market won’t be an earth shattering event. If players, coaches, or game officials were to go sour, they would have done so already, given the action Las Vegas and the offshore sportsbook industry receives. Remember, it’s the year 2009, and money can move in minutes. Therefore, as long as there is legal NFL betting somewhere, the chance for corruption duly exists. Delaware’s new sports betting legislation won’t taint the NFL or NCAA anymore than it already is – if it is influenced by sports gambling at all (which we highly doubt). In the end, NFL betting and the like comes down to money. Delaware was looking for quick and dirty ways to raise money, and it used its status as a “sports lottery” state to move towards more traditional sports betting. Likewise, the NFL and NCAA are about money: NFL players are well compensated, coaches make millions, and any NCAA athlete worth his salt will get some sort of opportunity to play after college and possibly enjoy some sponsorship or endorsement deals. The fact is, “influential money” is all around us already. Will NFL betting in Delaware change or hasten money’s power in sports? Probably not, at least we don’t think so. Good Luck NFL betting this season!