May 2, 2013
Over the last 100 years there have been many great sports players such as Babe Ruth, Larry Bird, Bo Jackson, Tim Tebow and others. They all loved the games they played so much, and so have the fans. A nice and fun thing about sports is how fans can talk statistics, talk strategies and of course bet on the teams which they think could win. Many players, who have had a major impact on the sport they played, have gambled on games and have been banned from the sport which they play, and are debarred from the Hall of Fame. Gambling on the professional and collegiate levels by athletes should be permitted as long as it does not involve fixing games.
Those who oppose allowing athletes to bet on sports argue that gambling on sports games can change the outcome of the game or result in players throwing games to win the bet. There have been cases that have been proven in which players do in fact get caught. These players are fined heavily, and are prohibited from participating in their sport. However, in some cases players are never fully charged with what they have been accused of, but they are still banned from the sport. In Pete Rose’s case, Rose was accused of gambling on games he did not play in, but he was never found guilty of gambling on his own games. According to the Dowd Report itself, "no evidence was discovered that Rose bet against the Reds." (Wikipedia). He was still banned from all of Major League Baseball and most importantly, the Hall of Fame. Secondly, most people that gamble do it for the fun of it, especially athletes. These people get a thrill, an excitement, a gambling high. They find this activity entertaining. The rush they get when they win, the sorrow when they lose. Athletes use it as a stress reliever. It helps with the stress of their games and stress of the season. As Danny Sheriden said, a writer for greenhaven press, “betting is a widely accepted form of...