Bring On The Betting!

May 14th, 2018

How long before you can sprint to Tampa Bay Downs or Derby Lane before a Bucs game and bet on the good guys to win — or take the under for the season on Tampa Bay having a double-digit sack artist?

Today’s Supreme Court ruling was a long time coming and has Joe all fired up.

The high court just opened the wagering floodgates and has many bookies thinking of a second career for the first time.

By neutering the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, the court killed the crooked 1992 law that barred state-authorized sports gambling just about everywhere except Nevada.

So for example, Florida will be clear to craft rules permitting betting on games at its horse and dog tracks. Or will the state figure out a way to make that exclusive to the Indian tribes again via backroom deals?

Joe’s really not interested in the politics, just when the wagering might commence.

It’s a good bet that New Jersey opens sports betting in Atlantic City casinos and racetracks this summer. And they won’t be the only state diving in.

The NFL has to be secretly loving this. TV ratings will rise and everything business-related in the NFL will improve, as gambling gets a percentage of people more interested in games and news coverage. However, the NFL surely won’t like when the new AAF and XFL leagues fire up with fans paying close attention — glued to their TVs praying that, say, XFL kicker Roberto Aguayo nails a 35-yarder to cover a spread.

37 Responses to “Bring On The Betting!”

  1. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Dont care about betting myself, but this does have me worried about the long-term integrity of the league.

  2. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Florida is a tourist state…we’ll have it quickly. The major hangup will be the Seminole tribe but if they can book in their casinos they’ll come along.

    Meanwhile I do not believe Jolly Bucs Fans fears are ungrounded. He’s right…how do we insure the integrity in terms of “fixing” games….”buying” players?

    Arnold Rothstein may have been the first to fix a major sporting event…do we think he’s the last. Heck there is some question about the integrity of our last election do we suppose motivated billionaires could not manipulate us all when it comes to our “gaming” habits?

  3. Kobe Faker Says:

    integrity of the game or fixing?….its been legal to sports gamble in nevada for 26 years…integrity fee that the leagues want is BS

    Kobe lives in new jersey. it will be legal to bet on sports online. you dont have to go the casinos or racetracks…it is the only way to kill the illegal bookies

    Kobe& Kobe

    “For the people”

  4. Chris in WA Says:

    Whats the over/under on how many games Jamies Winston gets suspended?

  5. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    My concern isnt just with fixing games or buying players, but also bribing officials, equipment managers, technical managers

    Whose to say that those “headset technical issues” putting your team at a disadvantage playing in a loud away stadium, arent because someone bribed just one person on staff. Or maybe that staffer has a bet themselves.

    I doubt we will see alot of issues right away. But imagine 10 years from now and sports betting is some billion dollar industry. things can and will go south

  6. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Just look at the world today, millions of people are trying to pull some scam on somebody every single second of every single day.

    You think that when billions and billions of dollars start getting funneled through sports betting, that everyone is just going to play nice.

    Not a religious person, but Money/Greed truly is the root of all evil.

  7. Phil Says:

    The league hasn’t had any integrity since Roger Goodell took over as commissioner.

  8. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    NFL is not going to have any problem with fixing games, these players get paid toooooo much money, however D-1 football and basketball where the “student/athletes” do not get paid….that is where there could be some funny business going on, probably not in the top tier schools but those MACtion games on tuesday nights with Toledo v. Miami (OH), youngstown wiseguys may take a look at some of that maction

  9. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I know the referees will be more scrutinized on their performance from now on.

  10. Wausa Says:

    I have a friend that is majority owner of a poker room that also does horse racing. It would be a big win for his operation that has just over 100 employees if they were able to get a sports book at their location.
    They already can bet on horse and dog racing along with jai alai at his location.

  11. CocoaBchBuc Says:

    I have a lady friend who calls him Fidel Goodell…lol

  12. Trump's Stylist Says:

    I would have taken the under on Russell Shepard completing his contract for Carolina.

  13. Jeffbuc Says:

    Just got an email from draftkings. And as soon as there allowed there going to start taking bets on there site. The true loser in this will be fantasy football leagues. I would rather spend my usual $250 I spend on fantasy leagues to bet and try to win some real money. I’m already getting bored with it with how fun draftkings makes watching all the games on Sunday.

  14. go for the face30 Says:

    I’d rather give money to a bookie than the government.

  15. SB Says:

    Maybe this yr when I set up the JoeBucsFan Pickem league it will be in a format where we can all put say $20 on it. Not sure how to do it but it would be fun!

  16. Kobe Faker Says:

    TV ratings on games is going to go thru the roof…owners will double the annual contract within 5 years

    billions of dollars in sports gambling advertising revenue

  17. CocoaBchBuc Says:

    When I gamble, I go for broke…got 60-1 odds Bucs winning SB. No, I’m not delusional…do I think they will..No. I took 22-1 on Devin Hester returning a punt or kickoff for a TD in the SB in his rookie bet.opening kickoff paid.

  18. Pickgrin Says:

    “Just got an email from draftkings. And as soon as there allowed there going to start taking bets on there site. ”

    Like that couldn’t be seen coming a mile away.

    And yet I still can only engage in online poker with “play” chips – SMH

  19. Dan McLaughlin Says:

    That’s funny. People worrying about the integrity of the game? You think people that are capable of fixing games, can’t bet the games right now? Like people don’t know where to gamble? This does nothing that affects the integrity of the game.

  20. donuts Says:

    I would not assume that new gambling laws will affect NFL TV ratings. The gamblers watched football last year and TV ratings went down. I don’t think it will have that dramatic of an impact as some think in NFL media. When you analyze the data, the people not watching the NFL are under age 34. This is the same group with the least amount of disposable income for betting. In addition, this group is more occupied with other things than football. Its a new world and I think the NFL is going to have to be more creative to get the young millennials to watch. My .02

  21. Rod Munch Says:

    CocoaBchBuc – The Bucs are 60-1 odds to win the SB? That seemed like higher odds than I’d expected, I thought the Bucs would be more in the 40/45-1 range, but nope, when I looked it up I see it’s 66-1. The other team that is 66-1, the Cleveland Browns.

    Arizona and the Redskins are 75-1, then the Bills, Bears, Bengals, Dolphins and Jets are all 100-1.

    I guess it’s a bad year to have a team name that starts with B.

  22. SB Says:

    ^^^ Lol Nice find Rod !!

  23. Clodhopper Says:

    NICE!! Another win for freedom. And the same group of Constitution haters, predictably voted against state rights.

  24. Clodhopper Says:

    I agree with Phil. If the league is worried about integrity, they should start with the Commissioner!!

  25. unbelievable Says:

    It’s already pretty damn easy to bet on any game you want in any state you live… but this will definitely up the ante!

    And look- clodhopper is still incapable of being anything besides a partisan hack! Color me shocked.

  26. Clodhopper Says:


    If calling partisan hacks “partisan hacks” makes you a partisan hack, you just called yourself a partisan hack.

    Good one.

  27. Clodhopper Says:


    I notice you didn’t say i was wrong. Because I wasn’t. I spoke truth, and that is EXACTLY why your butt is so hurt.

  28. unbelievable Says:

    Nah, the whole constitution haters line is BS, but it’s what I would expect from you.

    I didn’t say anything cuz I know you’re so deep down in that bubble that real information can’t even get in, so I don’t bother. It is funny when y’all cry about states rights, but then want the federal govt to pass laws when other states do something you don’t like. Typical partisan hypocrites.

    But hey, we don’t do politics on JBF anymore, so I’m not gonna keep it going.

    Oh and btw my butt feels great, I sit on a Herman Miller chair all day! Thanks for your concern.

  29. Clodhopper Says:

    Herman Miller chair? You spelled dick wrong

  30. CocoaBchBuc Says:

    Amazing…it was 60-1 when I was in Vegas in March…we go every yr for March Madness. Anyway, after Free Agency and the Draft the odds went up… Imagine that…

  31. CocoaBchBuc Says:

    We are, and have been for too long, the Rodney Dangerfield of the Gridiron..

  32. Horse Liver Says:

    Aguayo in the XFL. Hilarious notion! He’s way too much of a cupcake for any kind of adult football.

  33. CocoaBchBuc Says:

    I think we might have an opening in my flag football team for a kicker..cone on over to the East Coast…

  34. Gencoimports Says:

    Just tell me where to log in so I can bet!

    I have the right to bet Lord Byron!

  35. Dave Says:

    All the concern about the integrity of the game because of sports betting is ridiculous. The people who want to make sure no game is fixed and no one is bribed the most, are going to be the legal bookies and the casinos.
    Of a game is fixed, it’s bad for them. They want to make darn sure their 150 billion industry is up to par.

  36. Buccfan37 Says:

    So all the concern for Vegas type NFL betting corrupting the league flew out the window. Fans should be able to bet at the lottery outlets. If they’d be betting, I’ll be betting. A casino at the grocery store. Hey where did my food money go? Sure fire weight loss program.

  37. SOEbuc Says:

    Tough schedule but Vegas has the Bucs winning three games this year. “Riiiiiiiiiiiight”- Dr. Evil.