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Position Paper #1. Sports Gambling-Bet in Regulation

*Note* Although we do acknowledge that there is a huge gambling industry outside of the sports gambling industry, this position focuses solely on the sorts gambling industry.  Our solution to this problem involves the four major North American sports leagues coming together. We do not believe they should be responsible for monitoring, and regulating the gambling industry outside of the sports gambling industry. Our party believes in equal opportunity for everybody. But in this position we focus on equal opportunity for people who wish to wager on sports.

 

Introduction:

 

As of 2015 the legalized sports gambling industry in Nevada alone was a $4.2 Billion industry. (Purdum and Rodenberg, 2017) That’s an astounding number for an industry that is largely unregulated throughout the other 49 U.S. States and territories.

Our Stance:

The Equal Opportunity Party believes it’s a good idea for the United States Federal Government to come to their senses, and finally legalize sports gambling throughout the entire 50 U.S. States and Territories. Once they do that, then our plan can go to work.

 

The Solution: 

There are two parts to our solution. First and foremost, we must get the United States Government to legalize sports gambling throughout the entire 50 U.S. States and territories. The amount of illegal sports gambling in America would all drastically decrease if our party could get the United States Government to legalize sports betting throughout the entire country. Secondly, we must come up with a national governing body to regulate, and monitor the sports gambling industry.  If we were able to get the government to legalize sports gambling throughout America then our party can go to work. If that happens, our party will create one governing body that would regulate, monitor, and control sports gambling throughout the United States. If that happens, then almost all sports gambling taking place in the United States would be done legally. *We do acknowledge that this is not a perfect system, and there will still be an underground sports gambling industry of gambler who don’t gamble on websites* or in casinos. However, by creating this system we will be able to crack down on the vast majority of illegal gambling being done online, underground, and in casinos.

It would do bigger wonders though to states that currently don’t have legalized sports gambling. Right now, only Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon have legalized sports gambling(Millman, 2009). That means that there are 46 other U.S. states who don’t have legalized sports gambling. Those are 46 states whose economies could be making major money from sports gambling, as well as from tourism money with getting people into their state’s casinos. We believe that this country should be on an even playing field. How can you have 92% of states in this country not have legalized sports gambling while the other 8% of states do? That’s certainly not equal, and it doesn’t make sense, and we aim to change that by creating a sports gambling governing body that has the same rules and regulations throughout the entire 50 states in America, and its surrounding territories. “

The Problem:

There are two parts to our problem. However, they both lead to the same solution. The first problem is that sports gambling is currently only legal in 4 U.S. States. Those would be Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon. The second problem is, that throughout the United States there is a huge amount of illegal sports gambling going on. That even includes the states where sports gambling is legal.  The amount of illegal sports gambling is so large in fact, that According to National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver (an advocate of legalized sports gambling) the monetary size of the illegal sports gambling industry is America over $400 Billion. (Silver, 2014) That’s a ton of money bet on sports gambling illegally.

Our Gameplan

 

The governing body we plan on creating will act exactly as the governing bodies do for the four major North American sports leagues. (NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB). We have a plan as to how the sports gambling governing body will be operated, and where it will be located. Our sports gambling governing body will be based inside a large office building in 4 cities: New York, Las Vegas, Dallas and Chicago.

How it will work:

The New York office will monitor casinos on the eastern part of the country that are on eastern standard time. The Chicago office will monitor casinos in the central part of the country, and the Las Vegas office will monitor casinos on the west coast and those on pacific time and mountain time. We will have 1 office in Dallas that will monitor every sports gambling website in the country. It will have the ability to immediately take down any illegal online sports gambling websites that are not registered with the sports gambling governing body, therefore, they are operating illegally online. Each casino will be heavily monitored with 24/7/365 surveillance. 

The Competition: 

Other Factistan parties such as Troy’s “Freedom” party have touched on issues in our country relating to sports. He focused in on sports monopolies, which an important issue that is definitely relevant in today’s sporting world. However, we believe the issues facing our nation relating to sports gambling are a more pressing topic. We feel that our party brings the sports gambling issues to the forefront of the nation. There are millions of sports fans in this country, and many of them gamble on sporting events. And many of those wagers are being taken place illegally. Our party has a solution to fix the illegal sports gambling industry. We plan to do that by regulating the sports gambling, and shutting down any illegal sports gambling casino or website immediately.

How it will work:

Our proposed National Sports Gambling Center will improve the sports gambling situation facing the United States immensely. We will have three large regional offices in each time zone of the country that will monitor every sports gambling casino in the country. We will also have one large regional office in Dallas that will monitor every sports gambling website on the internet. We believe that by having these four offices, we will not only be able to regulate sports gambling in the United States, but we will also be able to control it, and get sports gambling to a point where legally gambling on sports anywhere across the United States is a normal practice for any sports fan over the age of 18.

Who Will Pay for it?

This will cost a lot of money, but we don’t plan on charging the general public a single dime in tax money to operate it. Instead, the National Sports Gambling Center (NSGC) will be a collaborative project fully funded by the four major North American sports leagues (NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB) as well as the Mixed Martial Arts Company UFC, and a National Boxing betting Board in conjunction with the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports. We feel this will benefit the sports gambling industry, and in turn the general public tremendously. Now Americans won’t have to worry about having to bet illegally gamble offshore in states that don’t have sports gambling legalized. With our plan, sports gambling will be legalized in all 50 U.S. States and Territories. With our plan there will be very little corruption in the sports gambling industry, as every bet made nationwide will be monitored, and regulated. We do acknowledge that this is not a perfect system, and there will still be an underground sports gambling industry of gambler who don’t gamble on websites. or in casinos. However, we will be able to successfully monitor, and regulate any type of sports gambling that takes place in a casino, or on the internet. 

 

In conclusion, while we feel that illegal sports gambling is an extremely pressing issue facing the United States, we do feel there is a simple way to fix it. By creating the National Sports Gambling Center we are confident that we will be able to immediately shut down any illegal sports gambling casino or website, and we can safely, and fairly regulate every sports book in America. It’s time to even the score. It’s time to bet on sports fairly. It’s time to bet on sports safely. And It’s time to bet on sports in regulation.