Let the gamblization of sports begin, and we know one thing for certain: This is going to really stink for Case Keenum. His job as Broncos quarterback is about to get more unpleasant, as every point on the scoreboard will be counted in money.

Wanna bet?

The NFL has a gambling problem. Or it did, until the Supreme Court voted 6-3 this week to establish the Patriots as 5-to-1 favorites to win the Super Bowl. So why fight gambling on sports one more day, when professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey can monetize it ASAP?

There are 150 billion solid reasons sports gambling should no longer be a shady, illegal enterprise in 49 of our great United States. But here’s my fearless prediction: With every dollar wagered, the rooting interests of spectators will change … and, in some ways, for the worse.

As the NFL snuggles up to legalized gambling, Broncos Country will bleed less orange and more green. When the fan sitting next to you at the Broncos’ stadium wagers $250 Keenum will throw for more than 250 yards against Oakland, don’t be surprised when he gets booed running off the field if Denver beats the Raiders but the quarterback fails to covers the bet.

What happens in Vegas is spreading to the rest of the United States, and although nobody asked me, we need a legal sports book on every street corner about as much as we need another coffee shop to serve up caramel macchiato.

This is not a puritanical rant. I don’t smoke Camels or shoot an AR-15, but if that’s your thing, it’s your money. In America, when was the last time anybody viewed gambling as a vice? It’s a way of life, whether we’re talking Powerball or fantasy football.

Fantasy football, I think, offers a glimpse of how more …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

      

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