Arizona Should Pursue Legalization of Sports Gaming

First things first. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled on the legalization of sports gaming across the country(with each State having to approve) what’s next? 

The idea that sports gaming is an evil to society is simply not true in my book. When I was a kid, Vegas was billed as “Sin City”. Today, I have no problem sitting in a sports book with a friend and laying down money on a team to win a game for recreational purposes. I know some people have a problem controlling their urge to gamble. There are also people who can’t control their spending, eating, drinking, pills, e-gaming, texting, etc, etc, etc.

I don’t play the lottery, I don’t enter sweepstakes, but I know people who do. I don’t care what they do with their free time or resources. Could the Red for Ed movement and the payment of teachers be helped by the legalization of sports gaming in Arizona? There are those who feel the same could be accomplished by the legalization of marijuana.My thought today is simply on sports gaming. 

Will injury reports put out by pro sports team suddenly become legit? Often times injury information provided by teams isn’t accurate.  There are times when coaches or players flat out lie about  injuries. If teams are going to take sponsorship dollars from casinos, I would think that telling the truth on injuries would become part of the process.

When  the story come down this morning on the ruling by the Supreme Court, I was immediately overrun with texts and emails wanting to know “how soon will this start?”  This isn’t going to happen overnight, but I am hopeful that our State will be one that accepts the legalization of sports gaming.  Walking into a Suns, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Coyotes, or Phoenix Rising FC game would have a whole new feel. Stop off at a kiosk or get on my phone and drop some $  on a team to win a game, Some of you will vehemently disagree and believe that gambling is an evil. I’ve worked along side of a compulsive gambler, and it’s nor pretty. But that was his fault, not mine. For me, I’d say it would be a benefit to Arizona on many fronts, more than an evil…