The relationship of gambling -- legal and otherwise -- and college sports is particularly sticky. Pro athletes make so much money these days, it seems unlikely that an NBA, NFL or MLB player would risk his career to make a couple of bucks by associating with gamblers. But college athletes don't make any money -- and most of them don't have the option of a pro career to bring in big dollars after graduation. Some say that makes student-athletes more susceptible to temptation.
On the other hand, gambling is one of the big drivers of the popularity of college sports -- an estimated $2.4 billion is wagered on the NCAA Tournament alone.
What to do? Should the government re-visit the proposed ban on college sports betting? Are the NCAA and its member institutions doing enough to prevent gamblers from exerting improper influence on games? Would this problem go away if players got some sort of cut of the revenues they create?
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