Orrin Hatch laments lack of federal discussion about sports betting

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More than three months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for nationwide sports wagering. Since then, several states have taken advantage of the ability to separate citizens from their money without increasing taxes. The federal government, however, has done nothing.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) wants the federal government to take action. In comments delivered Thursday on the Senate floor, Hatch lamented that the subject has been “conspicuously absent from the public dialogue on Capitol Hill,” pointing out that a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee set for June was postponed and not rescheduled.

Hatch vowed to release a legislative proposal “in the coming weeks” regarding the issue, and it’s clear that he hopes to create a federal framework that ensures the integrity of the games.

The NFL supports Hatch’s efforts, for obvious reasons. Instead of skittering from state to state in an effort to get the best possible terms and protections from 50 different legislatures, backing a federal effort solves the problem in one fell swoop.

Whether it comes in the form of federal legislation or the establishment of a federal agency, it seems inevitable that the federal government will at some point have a role in sports betting. The only question is whether action is taken before or action a major scandal that generates headlines from sea to shining sea.

Of course, that won’t happen until the topics that currently are generating headlines from sea to shining sea subside. And there’s no indication that those topics will be going away any time soon.

34 responses to “Orrin Hatch laments lack of federal discussion about sports betting

  1. “he hopes to create a federal framework that ensures the integrity of the games.”

    ……………………………………….
    Why doesn’t he fix the integrity of the Administration?

  2. “Instead of skittering from state to state in an effort to get the best possible terms and protections”
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    This is a total pipe dream but for unknown reasons it keeps showing up in articles like it’s a legitimate possibility. The NFL dreams of getting some cut of the betting proceeds but that absolutely isn’t going to happen–largely because betting has NEVER worked that way. The horse owners don’t get a cut of the wagers made at the track, Vegas doesn’t send checks out to team owners, boxers, etc. Having people bet on your event doesn’t mean you get a cut. It’s as simple as that. And the NFL hasn’t even trotted out any reason that should change–it all boils down to “Gee, it’d be cool if we could have some of that money.”

  3. I think that means Senator Hatch wasn’t able to get in on the action yet. He has a retirement to fund.

  4. but being in cahoots with the russians to sway elections, breaking campaign finance laws, and pardoning criminals convicted of avoiding millions in taxes while the rest of us pay our fair share is okay.

    about what I expected

  5. Bigger fish to fry, old man.

    Something about an orange buffoon who can’t tell the truth and is supported by lemmings who don’t seem to care.

  6. People are betting on sports anyway. Hasn’t been a major moment for player integrity. I love when people tell us what we are not supposed to do – then you find them doing is anyway. That isn’t the way my world works.

    Gamble away. I don’t need someone else telling me I can or cannot.

  7. The NFL dreams of getting some cut of the betting proceeds but that absolutely isn’t going to happen–largely because betting has NEVER worked that way.
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    I’m not so sure it would be any different than if you go to Vegas and play poker the house rakes 1% of the every single pot. I think the overwhelming majority is OK with it. You have to pay the dealer. You have security monitoring to keep everything on the up and up. I can see where the NFL can make the same argument for a small %.

    To me if the NFL was smart they would stay as far away form gambling as possible. Mainly because when somebody looses their weekly paycheck because of controversial play, they will most likely in this day an age not blame themselves for betting their weeks paycheck on a game that has some controversial rules that some refs will interpret differently than other refs. Instead the individual will call the NFL “fixed” and blame the NFL instead of themselves. The NFL will most likely lose viewers that are incapable of of taking any type of blame for their own actions. That % of our population seems to be growing at an unprecedented rate. It is easier for them to buy into a conspiracy theory than to hold themselves accountable for their own personal actions.

  8. Yes, because the last time we trusted Republicans with this kind of thing they made all online gambling illegal because Sheldon Adelson wanted it that way. Did I mention that was a last minute rider to a health care bill?

  9. Orrin Hatch is one of the great hypocrites of all time.
    For every statement he’s ever made, there’s an opposite statement from him on the same subject. The man has no moral compass at all.

  10. Yeah, yeah. That’s it Orrin. Get right on what grown people do with their money instead of what you and your cronies should be trying to figure out, why everyone around the little old meek, innocent President is a crook playing footsy with one of our worst enemies, but somehow he didn’t know anything about anything.

  11. It would’ve been nice to have more discussion on a lot of things that have been done the last couple of years. Making it easier for mentally troubled people to buy guns, big permanent tax cuts for the wealthy that would “pay for themselves,” making it easier for coal plants to pollute air and water…

  12. I’m not a Hatch guy, but a uniform application of betting laws and procedure makes sense.

  13. Why didn’t Orrin get this aggressive when Czar Obama was in office?
    Leave capitalism alone, clearly the States (specifically RED states) allow the free market to run much better than the federal monstrosity does.
    Also, leave sports betting alone too.
    If someone decides to risk their money by betting, let them take that risk.
    Then when they lose, ensure that they, and they ALONE, suffer the consequences of their choice.
    What I mean is there should be NO taxpayer bailouts of gamblers. The Feds already bail out losers via welfare, 10,000 failed social programs, etc.

  14. I am a Utahn. Orrin Hatch is one of the reasons I think politicians are crooked. He always comes across as such an upright gentleman on his TV commercials but I don’t think so.

  15. mullman76 says:
    Bigger fish to fry, old man.
    Something about an orange buffoon who can’t tell the truth and is supported by lemmings who don’t seem to care.
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    Seems as if the orange buffoon has finally met his match, and her name is Karma.

  16. dryzzt23 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 11:42 am
    Why didn’t Orrin get this aggressive when Czar Obama was in office?
    Leave capitalism alone, clearly the States (specifically RED states) allow the free market to run much better than the federal monstrosity does.
    Also, leave sports betting alone too.
    If someone decides to risk their money by betting, let them take that risk.
    Then when they lose, ensure that they, and they ALONE, suffer the consequences of their choice.
    What I mean is there should be NO taxpayer bailouts of gamblers. The Feds already bail out losers via welfare, 10,000 failed social programs, etc.

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    Folks, this is what happens when you get your information about the world from talk radio instead of, say, actual economic data, welfare statistics, medical details of addiction, etc.

    Don’t be this guy.

  17. Hatch vowed to release a legislative proposal “in the coming weeks”

    He retires at the end of this term. Ol’ Mitt Romney is the hand selected golden boy to replace him. Hatch is in full lame duck mode, he isn’t going to get anything done. If Mitt wanted to take this and run with it that is one thing, Orrin…just a guy out taking a walk at this point.

  18. “it’s clear that he [Hatch] hopes to create a federal framework that ensures the integrity of the games”.

    That’s not clear at all. Neither Hatch nor anyone else in Washington care anything about the games’ integrity. The only thing Hatch cares about is how much money Washington can siphon off from the bettors.

  19. The Supreme Court struck down the ban on the grounds that gambling was a state issue and the Constitution gave the Federal Government no right to regulate states on this matter.

    Any law Congress passes now is still subject to this precedent and is thus Unconstitutional.

    The US Congress has absolutely no legitimate interest in the “integrity” of sporting contests. Not that I believe that is their real motive anyway, but even if it was, there is no compelling government interest in the outcome of games. Period.

  20. Not just taxing gambling that the government hasn’t done nothing on. I could go on but there’s a word limit even on this site believe it or not.

  21. Orrin Hatch is a disgrace to the US. He’s an enabler of a criminal president and has sold his country for power.

  22. Chaotic, divided world and he’s worried about gambling? Fix something important in our country.

  23. This is exactly NONE of the feds’ business. Shouldn’t Hatch and his “small government” party be against this sort of federal involvement? Oops, not when there’s money to be made off of the working class.

  24. “The federal government, however, has done nothing.” Isn’t that in their job description?

  25. Hey Oren, why don’t you just keep to the things the Federal government was given authority to do, rather than worry your little head over such trivialities as sports betting?

    I have just reread the Constitution and reviewed the enumerated powers WE have given you in DC. Nowhere does it state one thing about regulating sports betting (or many of the millions of other things you unconstitutionally do, but that’s another post).

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