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.

28 responses to “Colts introduce 50/50 gameday raffle

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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”.

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