|The USA Pillars of Democracy might need reinforcement.|
In "these" United States, there is a law - somewhat enforced in 49 States - that the rest of the world considers frivolous and incredibly hypocritical considering the USA's lax laws governing capitalism, banking, alcohol, tobacco and firearms - just to name a few.
In "these" United States, it's fine to gamble on the outcome of a race between horses or dogs or men from the Basque region who perform great athletic feats at the Jai Alai frontons of South Florida, but it's illegal to do the exact same thing when you consider a wager on baseball, basketball, ice hockey, futbol or "god forbid," American football - aka the NFL.
In "these" United States, we like to consider ourselves pioneers, entrepreneurs, maybe even mavericks, yet in one industry, we're stuck in the old world.
In "these" United States, it's okay for newspapers, TV Networks, online media companies and - pretty much every media outlet known to a fan to promote, discuss, analyze, ponder, guess, provoke, wonder and pontificate on the future outcome of the sports events or the outcome with regard to the "Las Vegas line" point spread, but it's a crime if a citizen were to choose to act on that media-driven suggestion.
That, quite frankly, would be like having tons of newspaper ads, radio shows and billboards promoting Whiskey during the days of U.S. Prohibition.
You get where I'm going?
In the State of Delaware, an NFL fan can plop down his hard earned Benjamins and play a four-team NFL parlay ticket, complete with point spreads on the outcome of the weekly games and the Federal government thinks it's quite alright. However, if some businessman in Pennsylvania were to set up shop in a bodega in South Philly and do the same thing, he might get a visit from the law.
Up north of the border, where the dear and antelope play as much as they do in "these" United States, the Buffalo roam and the NFL Bills play a few American football games every year. On the Buffalo side of Niagara Falls, the participation in such a parlay game involving NFL games might get you in trouble, yet on game day in Toronto you can play Pro Line to your hearts content.
In one State, Nevada, it's all perfectly legal.
Two United States Congressmen, Rep. Frank LoBiondo and Rep. Frank Pallone, have introduced bills to correct these hypocritical injustices for their constituents and possibly their fellow citizens of (what was once) "these" United States.
Read the Atlantic City Press - http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/lobiondo-pallone-push-for-sports-betting-in-atlantic-city/article_24fcf62c-0f2c-5031-8b1a-dd5ebae6c40b.html and go figure?