NFL Should Stop Cracking Down on Sports Betting

NFL Should Stop Cracking Down on Sports Betting

Letter to the Editor: Integrity Not Legislated
August 26, 2009
Originally published in USA Today

The constitutionally questionable ban on sports gambling that Congress imposed in all but four states — Delaware, Nevada, Montana and Oregon — should be repealed. It only serves the interests of sports leagues such as the NCAA or the NFL.

It is up to sports leagues themselves to develop and implement regulations for their members to ensure that integrity in sports is upheld.

There is no evidence that increased legalization of sports gambling would lead to an increase in the occurrence of cheating among players.

Even if it did, however, the bad behavior of players and some gamblers is not a legitimate reason to criminalize the activity of betting on sports for all citizens.

End the hypocrisy and protect individual rights by lifting the federal ban on sports betting.