Americans are no less adventurous than, say, the English. After all, a large part of their population is the descendants of colonists from great Britain. Las Vegas, this Mecca of excitement, only confirms the above. Ordinary Americans go to Nevada as if on vacation, and realizing that they will leave a lot of money there. The huge gambling market is languishing under a cloud.
Bookmakers are prohibited
In the United States, sports are considered nothing less than a national treasure. The leading players of national Championships are known all over the world. The NHL is the best hockey League in the world, the NBA is a head above any basketball draw in the world, Boxing in the United States is a cult sport, fighters from all over the world are trying to enter the rings of America, American football and baseball, little understood in Europe, have a huge impact on the life of an ordinary American.
But it is forbidden to bet on the outcome of all these exciting events. Moreover, bookmakers are even fought by agencies specially organized for this purpose. But the state is not able to fully contain the spiritual impulses of its citizens.
Why is it forbidden
America of the 30s is still alive in memory, when the mafia controlled the underground sweepstakes, which affected the purity of sports, primarily Boxing. The big bosses of American sports leagues don’t want the stain of suspicion to fall on the reputation of their offspring. They are afraid that a great interest in sports will develop into a great interest in betting, hence from the vacuum of today there will be a lot of money bettors, some of which can go to the organization of match-fixing. No one wants to criminalize sport, but the UK has done it.
What proponents of allowing betting in the US say
They hit the weakest point of any US citizen – in his wallet. Profit is the key word for getting a real American ready. This is their national. Supporters of allowing sports betting tempt the state and Federal governments with huge profits that will flow in the form of taxes to the budget. They set the example of the same Britain, where billions of pounds enrich the state every year on the passion of their citizens for the game.
The second reason, which is not shy to talk about those who advocate the legalization of betting shops, is the fight against the shadow sweepstakes. The battle with it is going with varying success, but still millions of dollars pass in front of the nose of local budgets in the pockets of unknown businessmen.