The Authorization of Sports Betting: An Ethical Dilemma?


Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (2018), at least twenty-five states have authorized state-sponsored sports betting. With the authorization of state-sponsored sports betting comes ethical concerns. These ethical concerns include an individual state’s liberalistic or paternalistic tendencies to either authorize or prohibit state-sponsored sports betting. Sports betting itself provides additional ethical considerations because the integrity of the sports being bet on is potentially at stake. This Note recognizes these ethical concerns but argues that a reconciliation can be reached between such ethical concerns and a state’s authorization of sports betting. It is argued that states can both authorize sports betting and account for its ethical concerns through consistent regulation, transparent taxation, specific integrity requirements, and social safeguards.


Sports Betting, Ethics



Jonathan P. Kosciewicz (Washington University School of Law)





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