The legalization of sports betting is a good thing for America, believes Dan Wolken of USA Today. Having long been allowed in Europe and in several sports, including horse racing in the US, betting on sports is not as negative a habit as some make it out to be. Betting in itself is legal almost everywhere through casinos and lotteries. Most importantly, this change will make taxable the activity that was already happening underground in many parts of the country. Betting is also a great opportunity for franchises to build excitement around their sport. It will now rightly be up to the individual whether they feel like betting on a sport or not.
The Supreme Court legalizing sports betting is likely going to have a bad affect on the US, asserts Mark Story of the Lexington Herald Leader. The argument that this will create new economic activity and tax revenue discounts that this spending might just cut expenses elsewhere. Gambling is also hugely addictive and can ruin people’s lives by bankrupting them. Already, retirees and college-age students are groups at risk of getting addicted. Allowing nationwide sports gambling will only exacerbate this issue. It also opens the door to bribing and cheating, particularly with college athletes who are unpaid.