Sports Gambling in Kentucky?

By Richard Nelson

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March 4, 2019

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ESPN ran a story about NBA official Tim Donaghy who took bribes to fix games over a four year period. Donaghy bet on the games he reffed and took in huge amounts of cash. He also helped others rake in millions until he was caught. It's ironic that ESPN's in-depth investigative report broke just days before the Kentucky State House passed a bill out of committee that would legalize gambling on professional and college sports. Proponents say that regulation will root out game-fixing schemes. But according to economist Wladimir Andreff of the University of Paris,"All economic analyses conclude that the more money there is inflowing to sport, the greater the sport corruption." If gambling on sports in Kentucky is ever legalized, we can only expect more scandal to follow.

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