The future of sports betting in Wyoming: Part 2
According to the Nevada gaming control, Nevada's sports books won a record 248.7 million dollars off the 4.8 billion dollars wagered in 2017.
A staggering 1.7 billion was bet on both professional and collegiate football games and more than 1.4 billion was bet on basketball, both college and professional.
Two of the biggest sports at the University of Wyoming are football and basketball.
"If someone is going to try and influence the outcome of a game there's going to be lines on football and basketball," said Tom Burman, Wyoming's Athletics Director. "If you look at the history when that has happened in the past, it generally happened to programs that were not extremely high profile cause its harder to monitor so that makes me nervous. Here at Wyoming we are a little isolated and there is pros and cons to it in respect to gambling," said Burman.
To help combat the possibility of someone being influenced, the university is always teaching their student athletes what they can do and what they cant.
"We just have to do a lot of education. I mean there is some cost associated with that and we may look at adding some compliance people but as of right now, we aren't doing that," said Burman. "The reality of it is is sports gambling, both legal and illegal, has been around for years and at an incredible rate."
He continued," Our kids have been educated in the past and we just have to continue to push that envelope with them and that they understand the ramifications and that they respect the integrity of the game," Burman Said.
So, the question remains: does Burman see sports gambling coming to the Cowboy state?
"As of right now I haven't heard of any state wide legislation that's going to move sports gambling and make it legal in the state and my guess is that it's going to come at some point in time in Wyoming," Burman said.