Commonwealth Policy Center

The University of Alabama recently fired its head baseball coach after suspicious bets were placed in a game involving Alabama and LSU. Two large bets were placed by an individual in Cincinnati who had been communicating with the coach. LSU was the clear favorite, and Alabama scratched its starting pitcher. The Crimson Tide would go on to lose the game. Sports betting was legalized in Kentucky this past General Assembly session. But this situation underscores the downside of sports gambling which puts personal gain above the legitimacy of sporting events. As the SEC Commissioner said of this case, “There must be zero tolerance for activity that puts into question the integrity of competition.”