How the Supreme Court ruling on sports betting will affect those in Oregon
OREGON - The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that sports betting in the U.S. will no longer be considered illegal, and the ruling gives each state the powers to self-govern as they see fit.
Oregon is no stranger to sports betting, and it was a game that many enjoyed for nearly two decades here. Monday's Supreme Court ruling could soon bring the game back to Oregon, but it is raising some concern in the community.
This is a game-changing decision, allowing states to open the door to sports betting, something that Oregon is very familiar with.
"Now, with the Supreme Court ruling, it will allow us to look at the political climate now in 2018 versus back int he mid-2000's when things were very different," said Chuck Baumann, with the Oregon Lottery Public Affairs.
For nearly a decade, Oregon Lottery had "Sports Action," an NFL betting game that was based on chance, which ended in 2007 due to NCAA regulations.
"It wasn't actually an extremely popular thing that the lottery had, and didn't increase a lot of revenue for the state," said Julie Hynes, with Lane County Public Health. "Mainly the reason why it was taken away was because so that the NCAA could have tournaments here in Oregon, because we are not a state that offers sports gambling."
Lane County Public Health says that the possibility raises some concern about athletes playing at the collegiate level, which makes up most of Oregon's beloved sports scene.
"Thinking about the athletes themselves, and particularly when we think about the University of Oregon or OSU athletes, these students, these are people who are 18-20 years old, and betting on them could be very harmful and risky towards them," said Hynes.
The NCAA released a statement on Thursday that read as such:
While we are still reviewing the decision to understand the overall implications to college sports, we will adjust sports wagering and championship policies to align with the direction from the court.
"'Sports Action' was based on the NFL, the outcome of NFL games, you know, it had no ties to collegiate athletes whatsoever," said Baumann. "I would think that we would continue to honor that."
While no decision has been made yet, only time will tell if the State of Oregon and the NCAA will raise the stakes on the way people view sports.
Oregon Lottery says they were already planning on introducing a sports betting game this year as part of their strategic planning.