|Proposed legislation to ban betting on college sports in Nevada appears to have died in the U.S. Senate. The bill has not come to the Senate floor for a vote since May, and House members are waiting for the Senate to act. |
“I do not pronounce it dead,' said Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., president of the American Gaming Association. 'It's still breathing, but it's panting hard.'
Much has changed in the year since U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Reps. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tim Roemer (D-Ind.) introduced the legislation.
Congress has had only one hearing on college sports and betting, and McCain has had his hands full trying to pass other legislation.
The NCAA and other proponents of the bill argue that Nevada's ability to allow casinos to take college sports bets not only sends the wrong signals to young athletes that gambling is OK, but offers illegal bookies a place to hedge their bets.
However, many senators conclude the bigger problem is illegal betting on college campuses and through bookies.