Legality Of Betting on Football Matches Online

Online football gambling by the lawful way i.e. Bookmaking is not a crime in many countries of the world. By subjecting to the Sports book and paying money for putting forward a bet itself, the bettor is performing a regulated task hence is not a punishable offence. In the countries where Sports Betting is a crime, the general public resorts to do betting by the help of Bookies which is as such unlawful. With Internet & numerous betting apps available, online football gambling on baccarat online has become a growing passion among people nowadays.

In the past, due to Sports Betting there have been numerous scandals which have completely destroyed the nobility of various sports events through various acts like: –

  1. Point Shaving: – Match fixing method where a particular team is prevented from covering the pre-determined point spread. A player or several players from a team are bribed so as to prevent the team from reaching up to the point spread. The Bettor then bets on the bribed team & carries forward the betting activity. This is usually practiced in Basketball & American Football.
  2. Spot Fixing: – A particular small action in the game is fixed before even when the match has not been played. E.g. – Time when a wide ball or a no ball is going to be delivered. Betting through Internet has led to the start of the concept of Spot Fixing. It is mostly practiced in events like Cricket, American Football, and Rugby etc.
  3. Match Fixing: – The result of the entire match is fixed. It is mostly practiced in Cricket, Football, and Basketball etc.

One of the famous scandals which can be quoted as an example is the India & South Africa Match Fixing Scandal. It was during 1996 when Hansie Cronje was the captain of the South African Cricket Team.  Apparently, Hansie Cronje was paid huge amounts of money by Indian Bookmaker for fixing a test match in Kanpur. The entire scam came to the limelight in 2000, when Police brought out in public the recordings of the deals being made between the South African Captain & the Bookmaker.

However, illegal betting leads to the money being used in funding terror activities, drugs & other illegal activities. Till May 2018, Sports Betting was illegal in many states of USA except places liked Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana. In 2018, Rhode Island & New Jersey became pioneers in legalizing Sports Betting. Furthermore, several other states like Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, West Virginia, California, Kansas etc. started making preparations for passing bills that made Sports Betting legalized.

The most important factor which keeps us glued to a particular sports event is the outcome of the game as we know that the participants are putting forward their efforts to have a positive outcome. But, when this outcome is already fixed, we lose the interest in playing the game as well as watching or even enjoying the game. Hence, the real fun of a sports event is in the abrupt outcome which should not be predetermined.