Sportsbooks had a unique way of wishing us all a Happy New Year.
Since sports betting became legal in Ohio on January 1st, FanDuel, DraftKings and many other books won’t let us forget, even if we wanted to.
On television. On social networks. Through other advertising.
We are constantly reminding you that from January 1st, we will be able to place all types of bets in sports betting.
Kevin Hart is funny, but the DraftKings commercials he created for the Buckeye State and the launch of legal betting are almost getting to Lilly from the size of AT&T.
This milestone raises an interesting question about high school sports.
Could there ever be a day when high school sports become part of the bettor’s landscape?
The reason it is defined as “more” is not because of some vague and confusing thought, but because of an uncomfortable truth.
Legal or not – but not – we know it happens.
The National Association of State High School Associations raised the issue after a 2018 Supreme Court ruling opened up the possibility of state-by-state legalization of sports betting.
The NFHS article cited comments from the founder of an offshore firm that offered betting on Texas high school football.
“Customers who bet on the game have no moral problem,” the founder was quoted as saying. “Walk onto any street corner in the United Kingdom. You can bet on boys and girls football matches under 16 years of age. Any fit, any size. What is the difference between 15-16 year old girls playing soccer and 17-18 year old boys betting on American football?
The NFHS has urged states to pass legislation that would exclude high school sports if they legalize sports betting. Nevada has done so, as has New Jersey, and since Nevada has become the heartland of US gambling, other states are likely to follow the language of the law to avoid the problem.
HB 29, the 288-page sports gambling bill signed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, appears to address this issue. Section 3775.01 K (1) defines a sporting event as “any professional sport or athletic event, any collegiate sport or athletic event, any Olympic or international sporting event, any motorcycle race, or any horse race.” defines. , or other special events authorized by the Ohio Casino Control Commission for sports gaming, individual performance statistics of athletes or participants in such events, or a combination thereof.”
It’s a lot to absorb, but it’s made clear that high school sports don’t fall under these parameters.
The head of a prominent Las Vegas sports book sparked mild outrage after the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2018, and he hasn’t ruled out the possibility, telling USA Today High School Sports, “We don’t bet on amateur events outside of college events, including high school sports. “I don’t see the need.”
We have all seen and heard this.
Someone is trying to draw a line at high school football games in Ohio and make a social media impact.
Whispers of exchanging money for a particularly popular game.
And let me be clear. We’re not talking about two neighboring schools making a friendly bet to eat the food of arch-rivals, or two mayors making material bets on local goods over the outcome of a given game.
Also, if the lines are delivered ironically, it doesn’t really have a standout line, but sure, whatever.
We are talking about real bets on whether the match has reached the point threshold and how big the winning margin will be.
Every now and then, when I explore these types of topics, I come across something that seems less acceptable as I get older, but more acceptable to younger people. It seems impossible to criticize things around.
Perhaps this is one topic we can all agree on: Vegas-style betting on high school sports is a weird thing to do.
Let’s not pretend that high school sports are 100% pure beacons of integrity.
But the offshore recruiter above was right about one thing: People looking for action don’t have a moral problem.
That’s the problem.
Even if it wasn’t legal, the practice would still go on. If you look hard enough, you can find the action. When the action is there and there is enough of it, it is not crazy for a bettor to try to influence the outcome of a sporting event at the high school level.
So let’s not forget gambling when we legalize sports betting in Ohio, but that’s not what Kevin Hart is encouraging us to bet on DraftKings.
Money doesn’t have to fall on everything. It doesn’t matter if you’re cool, boring, young or old.
High school sports should be a beacon of integrity, knowing that this is an unattainable goal.
As crazy as it sounds.
Even if it sounds silly and pointless.
Avoiding the idea of serious betting on high school sports should be part of our motivation.
Of course, this is not legal.
Of course, the vast majority of people would argue that if it did, it would be nonsense.
But whatever it is, it won’t prevent it from happening, and even if it has a small effect, this new timeline for legal sports betting in Ohio shouldn’t be a window into more widespread adoption globally. high school rankings are better than before.