This is an interesting year in the long, winding relationship between gambling and Major League Baseball. In 2019, America’s pastime, at odds with the gambling world for much of its past, marks the 100th anniversary of the famous “Black Sox” scandal, which involved an alleged conspiracy between members of the Chicago White Sox and prominent gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series.
Despite that complicated history, with the recent legalization of sports betting in New Jersey, Major League Baseball (MLB) has embraced change; welcoming gambling as a way to engage fans. Here’s a brief rundown as we head into the new season.
It will be interesting to see how this story develops, and how legalized sports betting in Atlantic City impacts how baseball fans watch and bet on their favorite sport this spring. The proliferation of baseball gambling across the country, as well as increased gambling coverage in the media, could make it difficult for fans dealing with a gambling problem to savor the season. If you or a loved one needs help enjoying baseball in a healthy way, please call our 24-hour, free and confidential helpline for support, treatment and hope. Play ball!