Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Stern not anti-Las Vegas

Good news for sports bettors and Las Vegas from the news conference held by David Stern. He did not throw Las Vegas under the bus. He pointed out that he now understands how Las Vegas can be used as a check against corruption.

I'm glad Stern isn't blaming Las Vegas for this scandal as others have been doing (see John L. Smith's article, linked below in the previous post). In fact, it seems the opposite. It seems Stern understands betting is a part of sports for many viewers. He mentioned that they have a connection with the Nevada Gaming Commission and another gambling consultant in Las Vegas. He mentioned how March Madness is more popular than ever, even though it is driven by the brackets - which is gambling. From my point of view, this is a good sign. Stern could have easily taken the path of lumping Las Vegas with the scandal, but he didn't. Thank you.