Dan Wetzel, an award-winning Yahoo! Sports columnist who co-authored “Death to the BCS,” turned his attention today to yet another broken-down system that drives sports fans crazy.
The federal government’s anti-sports betting stance.
A day after New Jersey governor Chris Christie vowed to defy federal law by offering sports betting in his state, Wetzel penned a column that ought to be e-mailed, faxed and forwarded to every politician in each of the 50 U.S. states.
In the column, Wetzel writes:
The gambling laws of this country have never made any sense. They are a confused maze of miscast morality, government money grabs and special-interest favoritism.
In the case of sports wagering, where the majority of profits in the estimated $350 billion industry go to offshore operations and organized crime, the laws are pure, unadulterated stupidity.
Wetzel’s column, a 1,105-word masterpiece that perfectly articulates the government’s hypocritical stance and why it shouldn’t be tolerated, is an absolute must-read.
More importantly, it’s a reminder to all of us that we should be applying the same kind of pressure on our elected officials that Christie is applying on the feds right now.
As Wetzel writes, ”No time like the present to get smart and get real and end this charade.”