Should Sports Gambling Be Legal?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced last week in Atlantic City that he will defy a federal ban on sports gambling and that he hopes to let New Jersey residents legally bet on sporting events by fall of this year.

His chances of success seem slim: back in 2009, Delaware failed in a similar legal push to overcome the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which bans sports betting in all but four states. Nonetheless, Christie’s outspokenness has reinvigorated national debate on the topic.

So, sports gambling: should it be legal? Joe Nocera is an op-ed columnist for our partner The New York Times, and Dan Wetzel is a columnist for Yahoo! Sports.


Joe Nocera and Dan Wetzel

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein

Comments [1]


I was waiting for Joe Nocera to throw a punch at his favorite target, the NCAA. Despite the fact that the NCAA has done practically everything in its power to forbid and/or discourage all forms of gambling on collegiate athletics.

Nocera did not disappoint. His throwaway comment suggesting that the NCAA sees as much interest in sports wagering as the NFL was as predictable as it was widly off-target.

May. 30 2012 09:47 AM

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