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Is sports betting morally wrong for sports writers?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Jay Sherman, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. Jay Sherman

    Jay Sherman Member

    I cover preps with maybe 1-2 NFL games a year (wouldn't bet on those individual games), but love to bet college football and NFL typically. Is it wrong to bet on games if you're a sports writer?
  2. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

  3. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    Fuck that noise, f_t.

    I don't cover NFL or college football. I've never covered college basketball. Betting on those isn't a problem.

    Now, betting on the prep sports I cover ... that may be a little different. That said, it hasn't stopped me yet.
  4. Bruce Leroy

    Bruce Leroy Active Member

  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    You've got a bookie who takes action on high school games!?!

    The only time it's acceptable to bet on an event you're covering is when you're covering horse racing. (And I admit I can see why many here have a problem with that.)
  6. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    If you don't think you can be objective because you lost $20, you ought to go find something else to do for a living.
  7. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    What a perfect name for this thread.
  8. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    No. No. No.

    f_t: This is about LEAVING PEOPLE ALONE.

    NYT has an interesting policy re its horseracing writers (Joe Drape, et al) . . . they aren't allowed to play the game.

    This is hysterical . . . but there you are.
  9. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    If it is wrong, I don't want to be right.
    My state publishes a line on every high school football game.
    You don't have a direct influence on the game you cover, so what difference does it make if you do a little gambling?
  10. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    Who says I'm not the bookie?
  11. beardpuller

    beardpuller Active Member

    I sure wouldn't, especially on something I cover.
    Do you think the people covering the presidential campaign are wagering on it?

    I think the appearance of impropriety is pretty clear.
  12. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    Journalists are supposed to avoid anything that either is or appears to be a conflict of interest. In my opinion, that includes betting on sports.
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