“Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I don’t know anything about The Sports Betting racket”
OK, so sports & horse betting was not my “thing,” but I have it on very good source and authority from a good friend of mine, Mr. Arnie Wexler who has kept up with all that goes on with it. He has been in long-term recovery from gambling, which some was sports and ponies. Arnie has helped thousands of guys and gals from gambling which includes sports betting. He has been around the block a few times, knows many in media, including sports casters, writers and journalists.
He happened to share a few things about sports betting, professional sports and such. Some few years ago, A National Sport league reached out to Arnie Wexler with concerns about their players gambling on air planes to pass the time and felt it was becoming a problem with the players of the league. Reading the emails Arnie shared with me, I found it kind of interesting how it seems like the “Good Ole Boys” society when it comes to talking about gambling and sports betting with many of these guys, and the point of what Arnie was sharing with me by email. Of course he always shares “The Good Stuff” with me and my recovery friends.
So I thought I would share a some. It is kind of funny how these national league people had concerns about their players having gambling problems, but yet, Arnie never heard back from them when he told them he would be happy to help, and even was flown out for talks. It seems they are more worried about what the media would say if it got out that players were gambling on the planes to pass to time then to get these guys help. I think we all know it is no surprise that some high-profile sports stars have been in the media and news about their gambling problems.
So maybe you can share YOUR thoughts as to these emails that SAY A Lot! And includes questions about DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Football, which got the emails started …
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Here are the email correspondences and keep in mind their several emails here***Arnie:Arnie Wexler to Big Media Guys: RE: Draft Kings / Fantasy League / and Gambling Addiction.
“The forerunner to drug addiction is marijuana smoking, the forerunner to gambling addiction is these fantasy leagues if you have that GENE.”
Today they all have a sponsorship deal with the daily fantasy peopleand signs all over their venues about gambling? Not one of those signs carry a note like = Sports Betting Gambling can be a problem. Need help call 1-888 LAST BET . . Arnie
“Years ago, I was on a TV show with Howard Cossell (ABC Sports Beat). The topic was: Does the media encourage the public to gamble? David Stern, NBA commissioner said: “We don’t want the week’s grocery money to be bet on the outcome of a particular sporting event”. . . Arnie
Lets look at the history of sports betting NJ… In 1992, Senator Bill Bradley sponsored a bill that allowed sports betting to be grand fathered. The statesgot an 18 month window to make sports betting legal within their state. No state did that, not even New Jersey . hhhhmmmmm?.
KIND OF FUNNY WHEN THE GOV OF NJ WANTED TO PUT IN SPORT BETTING A FEW YEARS AGO & ALL THE leagues AND NCAA WENT TO COURT 2 STOP IT! NOW THEY ALL WANT TO PARTNER WITH NJ TO GET SPORTS BETTING AS LONG AS THEY GET SOME OF THE $$$$ PROFITS.
The NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: Allowed Gambling on Pro Games.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants New Jersey governor Chris Christie to work with the league on expanding sports betting, according to ABC News.
Governor Christie, “I’m happy to join him, should turn his attention to Washington, D.C., to Congress, and say, ‘Here are all the reasons it should be regulated, but let’s come up with a framework that makes sense on a national basis presumably that would allow states to opt in,’” Silver said. “If you have a gentleman’s bet or a small wager on any kind of sports contest, it makes you that much more engaged in it,” Silver said. “That’s where we’re going to see it pay dividends.”
ARNIE: NOW ITS ALL ABOUT TRYING TO GET A PIECE OF THE ACTION JUST LET OUR FAN BASE GAMBLE SO WE CAN GET SOME $$$$ FROM IT. Who cares if they get addicted! AND WE DONT KNOW IF YOUNG KIDS HAVE THE GENE FOR ADDICTION TO GAMBLING?
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred sees Fantasy Leagues producing revenue and attracting younger fans to baseball. DOES he know that the younger a person starts gambling the greater the risk to get ADDICTED!?
*Let me interject a fact about High School & College Kids… 16+ million people in just the US are problem gamblers. PARENTS? HALF this number are now your KIDS.*
“If the leagues are so against gambling, why do they release injury reports and allow point spreads to be published via ESPN?”
ARNIE: “ITS ALL ABOUT HELPING THE GAMBLERS KNOW HOW 2 BET THE GAMES WITH OUT GAMBLING ON THE GAMES. THEY WOULD NOT GET THE ATTENDENCE OR TV RATINGS OR GET THE $$$$ THEY GET FROM THE NETWORKS TO SHOW THERE GAMES.”
Why do you think you the NFL has a 2 week lag BETWEEN THE END OF THE PLAYOFFS AND THE SUPER BOWL? DOES IT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH GAMBLING?
We have come a long way baby from when — The Pro leagues and the NCAA have said gambling damages the integrity of the game.
**So that is jest of it. But in closing the share of these Emails? These are the Best of the Lot! **
“In a 2-to-1 vote, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled against the authorization of sports gambling in New Jersey”. . . AND
“We are also hearing that if we legalize sports betting we will stop the illegal sports betting in the state of NJ. We know it can’t be true! But what we do know is that if you add a new form of gambling more people try it and some of those people will become addicted.”
“The proof to that test is that we heard that when lottery came into effect we were going to stop the illegal numbers games. In fact that never happened. One of the reasons is that you can still get credit from a “runner” when you play an illegal number, and today some stores that sell lottery tickets, still allow known players to run up a tab and pay when they can.”
In fact, when I was(ARNIE WEXLER) the Executive Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ (1986-1994), we did a survey that “Gallup” conducted for us. Two of the questions on the survey were: Have you ever played illegal numbers? 31% of the respondents said “yes”.
Second question was: Do you play legal lottery in the state of NJ. 81% said “yes” . . . .
HERE IS THE MOST INTERESTING PART OF SHARING THESE EMAILS AND INFO FROM ARNIE! And? These were back & forth from a Known Sports Media Person!
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In 1999 I was asked to fly to New York to the National Basketball Associations office in Manhattan and met with League Officials, ex-players and Union Officials, concerned about players gambling.
I was told, “We have a problem, and we’re trying to find out how bad the problem is.” “We have players gambling on airplane trips loosing all kinds of $$$$.. So, officials asked me to keep my calendar open for the spring of the following year. Officials said to me, “they wanted me to address every team and player in the league about gambling.”
They then flew my wife in, and we had a second meeting. They asked us to develop questions that were going to be given to the players to answer, saying “We need to know how big the gambling problem is in the N.B.A?” When I hadn’t heard from the N.B.A, I called and asked, “When do we start?” The talks were cancelled, and the response I got was THIS: “They said that the higher-ups didn’t want the media to find out” . . .
PS. I HAVE THE QUESTIONS WE WROTE IN A STAMPED SEALED ENVELOPE.
Email To Me: Catherine
Here is what I sent the Big Media Guy and In The Rooms…. Thanks Richard,
ITS TO BAD ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THE $$$$ – PROFITS & MEDIA. THEY DONT CARE THAT THEY WILL BE STARTING SOME KIDS ON THE ROAD TO GAMBLING ADDICTION & DISTROYING THERE LIVES.
THANKS ARNIE ..
HERE IS THE BIG MEDIA GUYS Reply:
Thanks Arnie. I agree with you, its hypocritical of these sports.
Sadly we’re all in bed with them. They advertise everywhere. Richard
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Why Most Sports Gamblers Lose
It’s a widely known concept that the vast majority of sports bettors are going to lose money. The most popular is that 90-percent of sports gamblers will lose money over the course of the year, but that doesn’t stop people from wagering on sports. When those bettors eventually go broke and cannot wager any more, there’s always somebody else waiting to take their place in line.
The number one reason most sports gamblers lose isn’t because of poor picks, but instead is because of poor money management. There are far more bettors who can pick winners than there are who can make money, and money management is the key.
Betting $50 on one game and $500 on another is a sure way to find yourself separated from your cash in the long run, just as betting 50-percent of your bankroll on one game will ultimately lead disaster. A sports better may win a few games when betting more than they should, but eventually the loss, or losses, will come and the bettors ends up in trouble.
Doubling up after wins or losses is another recipe for disaster, and is a common mistake many bettors make, including those who have been betting for many years. … So Just Say No To Sport Betting!
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Wow!, is about all I can say about rounding out this blog post on Sports Betting and the ending of The National Day of Action Against Predatory Gambling. What a weekend right?
Thanks and Appreciation to Arnie & Sheila Wexler for giving us the actual inside look of the Sports Betting world, media, ball leagues views and scoops. Like I said in the beginning of my post? It is really sad that the Commissioner, Ball Leagues and officials are only thinking about HOW THEY LOOK IN THE MEDIA and ALL ABOUT THE PROFITS $$$$$… Not the well-being of their PLAYERS .. .. ..
About The Wexler’s:
Arnie and Sheila Wexler currently work with Sunspire Health www.sunspirehealth.com, a national network of addiction recovery providers. They work closely with facilities Sunspire Health Recovery Road in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Sunspire Health Spring Hill in Ashby, MA where gambling disorder, substance abuse and co-occurring mental health recovery programs are offered. *And Arnie’s new book is out! Now you can get all the inside scoop of his history with Sports Betting! He tells like it is before he went into recovery.*
“We need to not let our addiction define us, but have our recovery define us.” ~Arnie Wexler
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