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Gambling and Hypocricy in MLB - The Blind Eye Towards Daily Fantasy


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I offer into evidence Exhibit A

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As far as I can tell Daily "Fantasy Baseball" is gambling.  Regardless of any loopholes they've used to get around the gambling laws, like pornography, I know it when I see it.  This is gambling.

 

Whether or not you have any moral prohibitions against gambling, MLB has a hard line on it. So how the heck does MLB have an official gambling partner in Draft Kings?  How is FanDuel able to pay MLB players like CC Sabathia to endorse their game?  With the amount of money on the line (and growing), the temptation to throw the fix in on individual performance exists just as it might for the outcome of a game.

 

I strongly believe that Pete Rose's lifetime ban should be enforced.  If anything could ever destroy the credibility of the sport, it's gambling.  But MLB has almost no credibility with Rose as long as it is endorsing Daily Fantasy Baseball. 

 

Welcome back Pete and Shoeless Joe, your sins are no more.

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Gambling has been used as an excuse for decades to keep pro sports out of Las Vegas (thankfully that appears to be near an end). It isn't the legal stuff that the pro leagues need to fear. Most of the gambling scandals that have occurred in the past 25 years or so have been reported by local sports books who noticed abnormal movements in the betting lines. Besides, not many athletes can pop into a sports book without being noticed, and in these days of smart phones, recorded.

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Gambling has been used as an excuse for decades to keep pro sports out of Las Vegas (thankfully that appears to be near an end). It isn't the legal stuff that the pro leagues need to fear. Most of the gambling scandals that have occurred in the past 25 years or so have been reported by local sports books who noticed abnormal movements in the betting lines. Besides, not many athletes can pop into a sports book without being noticed, and in these days of smart phones, recorded.

I would assume they have someone place their bets for them if they were so inclined.

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One of the biggest implications, and the main reason gambling isn't accepted and endorsed in baseball....is the TAX EXEMPT STATUS that MLB enjoys in this country.

The NFL enjoyed some of that same luxury, until today. 

MLB gets much more of a sweetheart tax deal than the NFL had.

 

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