Three Giant Lies Sen. Orrin Hatch Just Told About Sports Betting
Let’s start here: Sen. Orrin Hatch — the person who is partially responsible for the debacle that was the federal sports betting ban — should be everyone’s last choice for advancing a bill responsible for regulation of wagering in the United States. But that’s what we’re going to get anyway, as Hatch is the one who will spearhead Congressional legislation. (Hatch was one of the authors of PASPA.) Hatch doubled down with what was a pretty awful op-ed about his plans for regulation and the history of sports betting. So let’s get to the biggest whoppers Hatch wrote.
No. 1: ‘The indisputable success of PASPA…’“The indisputable success of PASPA makes the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate this law all the more devastating,” Hatch wrote. What in the bleeping world is Hatch talking about? PASPA, enacted in 1992, was a disaster in just about any measure:
- The law was on the books for decades despite the fact it was unconstitutional.
- It helped create a thriving black market for sports betting that is estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars. Nevada sports betting has existed with few problems during that time.
- US leagues seem to unanimously agree that regulation is better than trying to institute a blanket ban; Congress could still do that, if it wanted to, just not in the way it wrote PASPA. So, if PASPA was so great, Hatch should just be rewriting it. But, guess what? It sucked.
No. 2 The Supreme Court hurt ‘the integrity of athletics’More from Hatch:
By striking down PASPA, the Supreme Court has effectively laid the groundwork for the legalization of sports betting across all 50 states, upending decades of established law that has long protected the integrity of athletics.Again, if anything the nation’s highest court did the opposite. PASPA is a “ban” that looked great on paper but does almost nothing to stop illegal wagering of any type. Now, states (or the federal government) have a chance to effectively regulate something that was incredibly widespread. Get out of here with this take, Orrin.