Legalized sports betting will wreak havoc on college athletics. Or not.


Steve Berkowitz and Erik Brady USA TODAY

Published 8:28 p.m. UTC May 31, 2018

OXON HILL, Md. – Tom McMillen is CEO of an association of college athletics directors, poker indonesia a former Congressman, a former NBA player – and now, unofficially, an odds-maker.

“I’ll give you something that I’ll put 100% odds on,” he said the other day. “If gambling on colleges is in 20 or 30 states there is probably a 100% chance of a point-shaving scandal at some school.”

McMillen was part of a panel discussion at last month’s annual conference of the Sports Lawyers Association. He stopped short of offering an overunder as to how soon he thinks such a scandal could come now that the Supreme Court has ruled states are free to allow gambling on sports, including college sports.

The calculus behind McMillen’s assertion is simply this: poker indonesia Athletes in the major team sports are paid so much that they are unlikely to risk their careers by fixing games or shaving points, whereas college players are vulnerable to illicit offers because of NCAA limits on their compensation.

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“I’m just sitting here smiling,” said Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, a Las Vegas attorney, “because if the problem is amateur athletes are susceptible to corruption because they’re not getting paid, then we could fix it by paying them.”

Laughter and light applause washed the room at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center in the Maryland suburbs of Washington. poker indonesia McMillen represented the area in Congress during the era when he voted for 1992’s Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. That’s the law that effectively banned commercial sports betting in most states – and which the Supreme Court recently overturned as unconstitutional.

Delaware announced Thursday that it will launch full-scale sports betting next Tuesday. New Jersey, which pushed its case to the Supreme Court, hopes to begin later in June. At least 20 states are at various stages of considering or implementing sports betting, according to information compiled by the USA TODAY NETWORK.

Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs at the American Gaming Association, rejected McMillen’s premise that wider legal sports betting is likely to lead to scandal. poker indonesia She said college athletes are already susceptible to inducements from illegal gamblers.

“I’m not sure what’s changed,” she said, “other than having more data to see when something could potentially be happening.”