In less than two months, the US Supreme Court is ready to hear a New Jersey case that could lift the federal limit on sports betting. Unsurprisingly, Maryland casino owners were interested in the action part of the action. They are already urging the Maryland General Assembly to put in the 2018 vote a constitutional amendment to legalize betting on professional and college sporting events.
In those circumstances, there was only one appropriate course of action when the legislature resumed in January.
Just Say No.
Considering all the difficult tasks that lie ahead of legislators, from balancing the state budget to tinkering with school funding formulas and helping Baltimore deal with the odds in violent crime, there’s no reason legal sports betting deserves serious consideration. in 2018.
For one thing, it is far from certain that the Supreme Court will buy into New Jersey’s argument that a 1992 law prohibiting sports betting outside a handful of states such as Nevada where it has already occurred is a violation of the Amendment. 10 (as the “command” of state power).
However, let’s imagine that the country’s highest court decides to endorse New Jersey sometime later in that time frame. What’s the rush? Supporters say Maryland must act swiftly to get sports betting legalized on the site of the 2018 polls where it must be ratified by voters.
But it is an artificial time limit. MPs could easily reach the 2020 vote and, in the process, have two years to ponder the implications of sports betting and how it might be properly regulated.
If sports betting was legalized in Pennsylvania or West Virginia first, would there be an invasion of gamblers leaving Maryland casinos for greener pastures? Even gaming companies don’t make that claim – and for good reason. Sports betting may be a big problem for sports leagues and sports fans, but these are relatively small potatoes in the casino business.
Gaming companies are not arguing that sports betting is profitable, they argue that sports betting will bring new and non-traditional bosses to their casinos and they will bet on other games – blackjack, slots, poker, etc. – while they were there.
Finally, there is also the question of whether Maryland should expand gambling. Let’s say that sports betting does, indeed, bring more customers to casinos and more income to the state. MPs should also reflect on this: How much will it cost humans? Will the folks line up to bet that the Ravens are heading to the Super Bowl or that the University of Maryland will beat an over-under against Northwestern to a dollar bet they can afford to lose?
For the most part, gambling genies came out of the bottle in Maryland and have been since the first casino opened in Perryville in 2010. But with every escalation from slot to table gaming to poker and from expansion from five casinos to six with the opening of MGM National Harbor 10 months ago. then,
Should Marylanders stand in line for sports betting? It was a conversation that was ultimately worthwhile – with a lot of public input – should the Supreme Court side with New Jersey and overturn the site of Indonesia’s best-known professional and amateur sports protection law. But it is not something to rush to encourage voters. There are no significant advantages to being an early adopter and too many potential drawbacks to ignoring.