|Benjamin Grove in the Las Vegas Sun reports that U.S. Senator John McCain, who will preside as Chairman of the powerful Senate Commerce Committee from January on, will include in his legislative agenda a ban on betting on college sports. The Senators spokeswoman, Pia Pialorsi, said McCain has “absolutely not” changed his mind to outlaw college sports betting even in Nevada, the capitol of legalized gambling. |
McCain and his supporters claim his bill would curb game-fixing, particularly in Nevada as legal betting on college sports attracts illegal bookmaking as well as honest brokers. The McCain people also believe that betting on college sports is “unseemly.”
In an attempt to divert his focus for reform, lobbyists for the Nevada gambling industry urge the Senator to look perhaps at college students themselves who gamble. But it seems a safe bet that the nationally known Senator McCain will not change his focus.
It is believed that U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, will rally votes in the Senate against McCain’s bill, but the Republicans will have control in the Senate in January by one vote. However, Senator John Ensign, of Nevada, a Republican and a member of McCain’s Commerce Committee, is also opposed to the reformer’s measure. “We’ll fight it just like we did the last time ... I feel pretty decent about [the chances]of killing it,” Senator Ensign said.