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Colts introduce 50/50 gameday raffle

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With NFL teams looking for ways to lure customers to stadiums, the Colts have opted to give gambling a try.

The Colts have announced that the team will host a 50/50 raffle at each of the 10 home games in 2014.  Fifty percent of the “net” proceeds will go to a fan, and the rest of the net will go to support the efforts of the Indianapolis Colts Foundation.  (Use of the term “net” suggests that the Colts will be retaining certain administrative or related costs; otherwise, the winner would get half of the “gross” proceeds.)

“The 50/50 Raffle will be an exciting new addition to Colts game days,” Colts Vice Chair and Owner Kalen Irsay said in a statement released by the team.  “Not only will this program offer a fun engagement opportunity for fans, but it will also provide a positive impact for our community by supporting numerous charitable organizations throughout our city and state.”

That’s fine, but it’s still gambling.  While presumably in compliance with all applicable state and local laws, it’s gambling.  And the NFL typically avoids gambling.  (Except when it’s fantasy football, which isn’t legally gambling even though it’s, you know, gambling.)

Gambling or not, at least someone will win.  Unlike that ridiculous “guess the weather” contest the team has hatched.

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  1. preludeoflight says: Aug 11, 2014 3:00 PM

    The Jaguars have been doing a 50/50 for the past few seasons, with the rest of the nets going to the Jaguars Foundation. It’s been a relatively large success from what I can tell. The Orlando Magic have also been doing one for as long as I can remember. I’ve heard nothing but positive things from both venues, as not only does someone win, since money goes to charities, no one feels like they lost.

  2. redislander10 says: Aug 11, 2014 3:01 PM

    Kansas City has done this for at least the past year, and I think at least the past 2 years. I can’t see any reason why the NFL would have a problem with it.

  3. flyinlion says: Aug 11, 2014 3:01 PM

    I very seriously doubt the presence of a 50/50 drawing is going to “lure” anyone to the stadium. 50/50 drawings are not uncommon at mid to lower level college football games with half of the proceeds usually going to the athletic department or some charitable arm thereof. I’ve literally never heard of anyone going to a college football game at my alma mater (Central Michigan) just because they wanted to get into the 50/50 drawing.

    Setting aside that a 50/50 drawing possesses absolutely horrendous odds for anyone wanting to gamble (since y’know, at least half the money goes to charity).

  4. djshnooks says: Aug 11, 2014 3:03 PM

    Dude, everything about sports is gambling.

    The draft, free agency, trades…that is all, in one form or another, gambling.

    But, if 50/50 raffles were gambling and frowned upon, high schools wouldn’t do it.

    This is just you looking for something negative to put down another NFL team.

  5. brucetrimble says: Aug 11, 2014 3:04 PM

    This must have come from the owner who seems to enjoy gambling

  6. jaxbeachjagfan says: Aug 11, 2014 3:05 PM

    Jags have been doing this exact same raffle for 2, maybe 3 years now.

    It’s a raffle that benefits charity.

    OMG! What a travesty.

  7. jjb0811 says: Aug 11, 2014 3:08 PM

    If you want people to come to the games, then build a winner. Giving away 1st round picks on bust RB’s isn’t going have people screaming for tickets.

  8. Nater Lucas says: Aug 11, 2014 3:09 PM

    The Rams had a 50/50 raffle against the Saints last week.

  9. tvjules says: Aug 11, 2014 3:10 PM

    How about focusing on building a solid O-line around Andrew Luck instead of these ridiculous gimmicks?

  10. ar1888 says: Aug 11, 2014 3:15 PM

    Colts season ticket holder i love the idea.

  11. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 11, 2014 3:16 PM

    The Atlanta Braves have been doing this successfully for a couple years. On a packed-house night, a winner could get around $15k. It’s worth buying 1-3 entries just to have fun. Half the money goes to Braves’ Foundation, which supports great causes. Win-win.

  12. bucrightoff says: Aug 11, 2014 3:20 PM

    CFL has been doing this for…ever? At least 20 years.

  13. jagsfanugh says: Aug 11, 2014 3:28 PM

    The owner could just lure them $100 bills again.

  14. johnnycash19 says: Aug 11, 2014 3:28 PM

    Lions did this last year, saw it get over $100,000 on Monday Night.

  15. crappygovernment says: Aug 11, 2014 3:34 PM

    Christians and other non-Marxists have been alienated by the NFL’s Marxist, PC politics.

  16. cshearing says: Aug 11, 2014 3:34 PM

    Every NHL game I have attended has had a 50/50. I had assumed all sports did this.

  17. eroschmidt says: Aug 11, 2014 3:48 PM

    The Bills have done this for the past season or two…

  18. tennesseetitan78 says: Aug 11, 2014 3:50 PM

    There also holding contests for a winner to hang out and get to party with Jim Irsay…Jerry Jones is thinking of the same idea as well.

  19. doctormantistoboggan says: Aug 11, 2014 3:55 PM

    How much of this goes for Irsay’s smack money?

  20. rcali says: Aug 11, 2014 4:00 PM

    I kind of like “The Indianapolis NFL Franchise” getting involved in a little gambling.

  21. granadafan says: Aug 11, 2014 4:04 PM

    Most charities have ridiculously high “administrative costs” such that only pennies on the dollar gets spent on the actual charitable work. Most of it is for the high salaries, lavish luxury vehicles, fine dining, etc. They lure people in with the magical “Charity” buzzword, when in reality, not much is spent on the work.

    If the Colts or other teams continue to lure people into this raffle then they should be completely transparent and letting us know high much of the net is left after their “administrative costs” from the gross proceeds. Otherwise, it’s just a big scam under the guise of a so-called charity.

  22. cavafox says: Aug 11, 2014 4:22 PM

    The steelers are also starting the same thing this year.

  23. onbucky96 says: Aug 11, 2014 5:29 PM

    Big deal. The Milwaukee Brewers have done this for several yrs, its very popular w/fans AND helps fund Brewers Charities. Good on the Colts for joining in.

  24. mikeyhigs says: Aug 11, 2014 7:25 PM

    Will Jim Irsay deliver the cash in a briefcase?

  25. corky2141 says: Aug 11, 2014 9:04 PM

    Old news with the 50/50 raffles at sports. Most baseball stadiums run one & a few NFL teams have already announced they’d be doing it so the NFL must be ok with it

  26. stampnhawk says: Aug 11, 2014 9:45 PM

    Yeah, straight to the garbage bag, in supporting some addict that Irsay, out of the goodness of his heart (I have some swampland in Florida to sell you BTW) is “supporting”.

  27. bobothegreatest says: Aug 11, 2014 11:12 PM

    I don’t know if I would want to win or not.. I couldn’t see myself driving home with a briefcase full of cash in the back seat.


  28. adx321 says: Aug 12, 2014 8:00 AM

    Jag games would be the place to participate in this your odds are 1 in 7,000

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