http://www.espn.com/chalk/story/_/id/23 ... s-gambling
I am an agnostic when it comes to gambling. I don't do it except the occasional poker night for small stakes and don't really care if someone else does. That being said I do wonder if some of these kids who are asking to be paid as they can not afford basic life luxuries might be susceptible to a bribe from a bookie to throw some games.
I love playing poker. I love going to casinos. I love fantasy football, making goofy side bets etc. My point is I enjoy very small stakes gambling. So having said that, I think this is a terrible idea. Betting on if some cards will come up 21 or if a little white ball will fall on Red 19 is not the same as putting money towards something that is supposed to be a game and can be controlled or manipulated. I am not a fan of this at all.
MAYBE the solution is you can bet on Pro sports but not college / amateur etc. level. Don't allow betting on college sports. problem solved.
of course that will never happen. this is a money play. so more money the better. I just don't like it personally