May 14th, 2018: Will that date be remembered as the day sports in America died?
It has been one year since the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. Over the past year, state legislatures across the country are moving at breakneck pace to authorize sports gambling in their respective state. And in many instances, they are ignoring major warning signs, as well as constitutional rights of citizens.
Just this week, Iowa became the 11th state to join Nevada in passing legislation to allow sports gambling. It is anticipated that over 25 states will have introduced or passed sports gambling legislation by the end of 2020.
ESPN has announced a partnership with Caesars that will put a studio inside a casino. It wasn’t that long ago that major media networks and professional sports leagues wanted distance between their product and the gambling industry. But not today. Today those entities have become addicts, addicted to the false promises of the gambling lobby.
In 1989, I Nelson Rose, one of the leading experts in the gambling industry, warned us this day was coming. And with mobile sports gambling at the fingertips of everyone across the country, the balloon Nelson Rose talks about will soon not be far from bursting.