With sports gambling becoming legalized in many states across the country, sports betting has quickly become more accessible than it’s ever been in history. And experts think that’s going to pose a problem for college athletics. In fact, they think some scandals are actually happening already – we just don’t know about it yet.
Michelle Malkin, a nationally recognized expert on problem gambling who is also an assistant professor at East Carolina, told On3 this week that she is 100 percent certain there will be some sort of gambling scandal in college athletics if it’s not happening already.
“Because of the lack of regulatory oversight, because people do get away with stuff, I think we may have people getting away with stuff more often than we know about it,” Malkin told On3. “So I don’t know that we’ll actually see the controversy, even though it occurs. I do believe, within the next five years, there will be a public controversy.”
Keith Whyte, executive director at the National Council of Problem Gambling, takes it a step further, suggesting that there is surely some problem gambling practices going on at universities right, we’re just unaware of it.
“It is already happening. We just don’t know it … It is there now. We’re just not seeing it,” Whyte told On3.
It’s safe to say this is something the NCAA is going to have to address soon before it’s too late.