James: Pennsylvania MLB stadiums are testing grounds for sports betting

From Brant James at Bookies.com on July 10, 2019, with mention of SABR member Jacob Pomrenke:

It was a landmark moment for the state and for the state of modern baseball. A sport that had endured two of the most publicly damaging gambling episodes in American sports – the 1919 Black Sox affair and Pete Rose’s banishment from the game for betting on the sport as a manager – that had therefore denounced sports betting a pox for a century, was slowly, but collectively evolving. Again, publicly.

With the advent of mobile betting in Pennsylvania, Citizens Bank Park and PNC Park in Pittsburgh became the first Major League Baseball stadiums where wagering on a game inside was legal. Placing illegal bets has been underway as long as offshore bookmakers have provided phone apps.

Before that, before baseball and its owners responded to public pressure in 1921 by banning eight White Sox players for their roles in delivering a World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, there were the gamblers in special boxes who handled their action.

Read the full article here: https://bookies.com/news/pennsylvania-mlb-stadiums-testing-grounds-for-sports-betting

Originally published: July 12, 2019. Last Updated: July 12, 2019.