Sports betting matters

    Published in: Latest Intelligenceby Peter Cohen* As participants of sports betting know, it’s all about speed. Betting companies spend big to ensure that punters can place their bets as quickly as possible. This is particularly important in the rapidly growing segment of the market that participates in “in the run” betting. It is therefore particularly ironic that the one area which would arguably make the biggest difference for punters is the one that is moving at snail’s pace. Regulatory reform, to put it bluntly, has hit the wall.Regulatory reform of sports betting, however, should not be motivated just by the desires of the punter, or the commercial interests of betting companies. The primary reason why regulatory reform is needed is to protect the integrity of sport itself.From the U.S., to Canada, to Australia, there’s the possibility of reform, but a decided lack of activity. In the U.S., various state governments are...

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