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On Wisconsin? Not in bets

Sep 2, 2003 5:02 AM

Add the University of Wisconsin student newspaper to the list of of media bringing up the influence of gambling on college athletics.

"Betting on college sports is technically illegal outside of casinos, even though the NCAA Final Four basketball games are likely wagered upon more than any other sporting event," according to the Badger-Herald.

During the most recent March Madness, a team of bi-partisan U.S. representatives (Ron Kind, D-Wis. and Tom Osborne, R-Neb.) created the Student Athlete Protection Act, which would ban gambling on all high school, college and Olympic sports.

The two politicians each have football backgrounds. Kind was a quarterback at Harvard, while Osborne coached for 36 years at Nebraska, where he won three national championships.

When Kind introduced the protection act last March, he admitted that getting the bill turned into law would not be an easy process, citing the powerful gaming interests in Nevada and New Jersey that would lobby against passage.

The Wisconsin paper’s article noted that betting on college sports is technically illegal outside of casinos, even though the NCAA Final Four basketball games are likely wagered upon more than any other sporting event.

Osborne spokeswoman Erin Hagge and said the representatives were eager for Congress to return from summer recess so that the idea might be taken up in the new session.

The NCAA officially opposes all forms of sports wagering, legal or not, and claims the existence of such wagering jeopardizes the welfare of student athletes and undermines the integrity of sport.

Arnold blasts Gray

Candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger accused California Gov. Gray Davis of pandering to Indian gaming interests.

Schwarzenegger stated in the San Francisco Chronicle that Davis invited tribes to recommend potential candidates for two openings on the panel that is supposed to aid in regulating California’s tribal casinos.

The popular actor has not detailed his own positions on some Indian gaming issues. The Davis camp insisted that the governor never promised seats on the commission to the Native American casino interests.

Casino ads target Baldacci

The Maine Building Trades Council is taking aim at Gov. John Baldacci over his opposition to a proposed $650 million casino.

Labor Day holiday adds focused on Baldacci’s comment in the Bangor Daily News, where he said that Maine’s work force couldn’t fill the 10,000 jobs that would be created if state voters approve a casino.

Baldacci said the ads misrepresented him and that he is for good paying jobs. "I recognize it’s a political campaign and things are going to be said, whether they’re grounded or not in reality," he said. "We agree to disagree about the concept of a casino."

Senecas nix Buffalo

The Seneca Nation has rebuffed Mayor Anthony Masiello push for a meeting to discuss downtown sites for a new casino in Buffalo.

"As the entertainment hub of the Niagara Region, the city of Buffalo is clearly the most appropriate location for the casino," Masiello told the Buffalo News. "We believe it is the only location permitted under the compact.

The Senecas indicated they would move forward with their plan to build a new casino in Cheektowaga, a Buffalo suburb.

Around The USA

NY: The Shinnecock Indians suffered a major setback in their bid to open a casino in Hampton Bays when a judge ruled they need federal recognition to move ahead.

KAN: An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe opened a cramped downtown casino last Thursday despite the state’s opposition to expanding of gambling and ownership by a non-Kansas tribe.