NBA Commish Adam Silver: Gambling to Come?

By Brett David Roberts

Aug 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; , NBA commissioner Adam Silver meets the media during the Commitment to Service press conference before the start of a basketball game between the United States and the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Silver said the NBA would be interested in extending its hand further into sports gambling if it becomes legal on a wider spectrum in this country. That’s encouraging news to the majority of fans that enjoy having a vested interest in games they’re watching.

As Silver put it, “If you have a gentlemen’s bet or a small wager…it makes you that much more engaged in it.”

Vegas has long been the bastion of American legalized gambling, but Silver cites widespread economic woes as reason to believe the government will further legalize gambling. For a vice that has received a lot of negative publicity throughout the history of mankind, it is something people like to engage in.

The intensified excitement of watching a game winning shot that has a few bills from one’s wallet on the line is unparalleled. It may just be the waning desires of a former gambler speaking, but it’s hard to resist dropping a wager on a game you have a good feeling about.

And for those who happen to stalk me on the inter webs, my main writing gig is sports handicapping at Maddux Sports. So, it felt almost wrong not to touch on this story.

Source: Mason Levinson and Scott Soschick of Bloomberg