The Supreme Court ruled to legalize sports gambling on Monday, which will create a variety of benefits and consequences down the line — some of which likely haven’t even been considered by the powers that be.
But one potential issue that has certainly been discussed, especially as it relates to the college level — potential point shaving scandals. It’s not that they didn’t exist when sports gambling was illegal, but now college players could be even more vulnerable to corruption and conspiracies.
However, FOX Sports’ Clay Travis believes that legalizing sports betting will make it easier to catch these types of scandals.
“I think that college basketball and college football gambling are going to happen and continue to happen,” Travis said on WJOX radio in Birmingham on Tuesday morning. “But I think there’s a little bit more at stake there. The case has always been that college kids are more likely to be able to be influenced by gambling. I don’t think your average pro athlete is going to be able to make enough money to throw a game. It’s not like the world series back in the day. I just don’t think it would possible.
“I think that lower level college it could potentially be an issue. But the thing about legalizing sports gambling is it makes it more likely that you would catch that. Because they would see the abnormal betting patterns.”
Travis cited the Arizona State points shaving scandal, in which the players were eventually caught after people started to notice the patterns.
Only time will tell wether or not this could become an issue in college sports again, but for now, people seem to be ahead of the matter. The NCAA’s statement indicates they are moving forward with a good mindset focused on preventing these types of problems.
“While we are still reviewing the decision to understand the overall implications to college sports, we will adjust sports wagering and championship policies to align with the direction from the court,” the statement reads in part.
Here’s the full interview with Travis on WJOX radio in Birmingham: