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2.16.2010

How Gambling Relates to the Olympics

When you think about the Olympics, you have to consider that online gambling will definitely be a major part of it.  You thought there were weird prop bets in the Super Bowl right?  Wait until you see the lines at an online casino during the Winter games.

Now there is nothing at all wrong with doing any of this during the Olympics but you have to remember that Olympic sports or international sports in general have always been mixed with controversy.  Whether it's from online casino gambling or it's from some underground bookie in a back alley in Barcelona, you have to at least realize that it's alive and well and should be a concern.

Will we see anything this year that will make us question a result?  I surely hope not and so far we haven’t seen anything out of the ordinary.  Of course, we’ve been stuck with postponements and all kinds of disasters through these Olympic games so our focus hasn’t been on the darker side, but you never know when something may pop up.   For now, we’re all still just hoping that we can see all of the sports we want on time with a full set of spectators.

And when you really sit down and think about it, betting on the Winter Olympics should be as legit as ever.  I mean, these athletes are doing this for their country and you would think that would be enough to propel them past bribes or anything else that would cause them to perform at anything but their highest of levels.

It’s definitely an interesting subject and one that I am sure will be swept under the rug.  The last thing NBC or any other Olympic personnel would want is controversy.  They’ve dealt with enough already wouldn’t you say?  I sure would.


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