Opponents of Sports Betting Fear More Doors Open to Addiction

Other fears include athletes throwing games for gambler payoffs

Tom Puckett
May 16, 2018 - 4:00 am
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) After the Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning sports betting in most states, some were excited about the prospect of sports gambling in New York. Others are worried about increased addiction to gambling, or worse.

"In some ways, it's worse than some of the other forms of gambling we've seen," says Joel Rose, former vice chairman of Stop Predatory Gambling. "Casino gambling and lotteries depend on random events. Sports betting depends on events humans control, and they can be fixed," noting the Black Sox scandal nearly a century ago. Rose doesn't buy the fact players are paid much more handsomely than 100 years ago. "Having a lot of money never stops people from being greedy. People of great means get into financial trouble sometimes, because if you have great means, you have great spending."

Rose says any expansion of gambling will not only lead to a higher number of addicts, but a higher cost. "More of the expenses associated with addiction, lost productivity, treatment and the cost of the criminal justice system, and it gives us nothing," says Rose.

Joel Rose, Fmr. Vice Chair, Stop Predatory Gambling

Joel Rose, Fmr. Vice Chair, Stop Predatory Gambling

Joel Rose, Fmr. Vice Chair, Stop Predatory Gambling

Joel Rose, Fmr. Vice Chair, Stop Predatory Gambling

 

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