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Super Bowl betting can’t be a goldmine for states

Revenue-hungry states are asking why Congress bans sports betting. Their attempts to repeal a 1992 law must be resisted. Sports must not be corrupted by gambling.

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Planning to bet on this Sunday’s Super Bowl

At home parties, in office pools, or in Nevada, millions of American who otherwise don’t gamble will be placing a wager on the No. 1 event in America’s No. 1 sport – despite a 1992 federal law that bans sports betting in almost every state.  

Billions of dollars will change hands for this NFL championship, and not just over whether the New Orleans Saints or the Indianapolis Colts will win Super Bowl XLIV. 

Most bets are not made on the athletics but on so-called propositions, such as which team will win the coin toss, how long it will take Carrie Underwood to sing the National Anthem, or whether Peter Townshend, leader of the rock band The Who, will smash his guitar during the half-time show.

That may all be intended to add fun and emotional intensity, but it has a dark side – and not just in feeding a gambling addiction for many people. 

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