The Associated Press reported the National Hockey League has decided to bring their talents to Las Vegas, which came as no surprise to SinBin.vegas considering we had reported this hours after the executive committee met. It does bring up a few questions that need to be answered over the next couple of months.
One is gaming which has never been addressed in this process which is great because to address it would shed light on it as if it was a problem. Unfortunately that still doesn’t prevent the uneducated from flooding social media with their unfounded game fixing comments.
A few years ago, the thought of a professional sports team in Las Vegas would be unheard of, not because anyone at the league offices thought guys like Rick Tockett would be collecting drink tickets and screaming “C’mon three” at the race.., hold on, bad example. It was more because they were scared of the perception that came with publicly accepting Las Vegas into their club when they knew the real issue lurked right outside every NHL arena. Better to attack the devil you know I suppose. All together now, I ask all of you to send in your point shaving, game fixing stories that involve Las Vegas athletes. I’ll wait.
Truth is, the potential of unsavory characters trying to convince Marc-Andre Fleury his concussion may be acting up for the night is nonexistent because of sportsbooks. As long as books exist there is no need for a local bookmaker. Do they exist in Vegas? I’m sure they do, but nothing compared to the 1,000’s of illegal “bookies” that exist on the East Coast.
It’s the guys who give kids parlay cards in a small town in upstate New York who don’t care about the integrity of events or our kids. And no, that wasn’t a made up example.
Nowhere can you find a marriage of two entities (Las Vegas and the NHL) that understands any ‘funny business’ could lead to millions in lost revenue. I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating, the people of influence in this town want these games to be cleaner than in any other professional sports market.
Thankfully, the NHL has not asked Nevada sports books take the games off the board and they won’t because then Nevada would be quick to point out that the league has seven teams in Canada where you can legally put a few loonies on a parlay card.
For over 15 years betting on our states major universities has been legal and without incident. Pretty impressive considering we’ve seen players from Arizona State, Northwestern, Boston College, and Maryland face suspension because of gambling activities. Notice a certain an non-Las Vegas flavor to that list? Most would think, with a campus just a couple miles away, UNLV athletes would be lined up at MGM ready to miss a few free throws so they could have a little more ‘Old Milwaukee’ money in their shorts. Sorry, not the case because we have something Chestnut Hill bookmakers do not called regulations.
I’ll leave you with this.
In “Sin City” no one can place a wager on sports until they are 21, in the Northeast I knew classmates who wagered on games before they were in their teens because the “local guy” couldn’t care less about the integrity of games or the kids who bet them.
It’s time point the finger at the other 30 targets in the league because it’s been unfairly pointed at Las Vegas for too long.