Is it just me, or have Louisiana State University's administrators lost their friggin' minds?
Last month, LSU announced it's teaming up with Caesars Sportsbook, a big-time gambling company, to promote sports betting.
Under the deal's terms, Caesars will get the naming rights to the Skyline Club at Tiger Stadium and can put its signs up in the football stadium, the basketball arena, and the baseball field.
Will people be allowed to bet on sports inside LSU's football stadium? We don't know yet, but it's "one of many options being considered," an LSU official revealed.
Scott Woodward, LSU's athletic director, assures us that the gambling deal was brokered with the fans in mind: "LSU has always taken pride in providing fans with unique, innovative, and world-class experiences, and our new partnership with Caesars Entertainment will do just that," Woodward explained.
What lovely bullshit! But that's what we would expect from a guy who makes $1.2 million a year.
What about the students? Should a public university promote sports betting to impressionable youngsters?
Not to worry. Caesars promises not to market to students under the age of 21 or “highlight gaming offers inside campus facilities.”
That's a relief!
And, of course, some of the revenue from this gambling deal will go to student scholarships, which makes everything OK.
What's next? Will LSU open a brothel in the Skyline Club? Now that would be a "world-class" experience. Fans could drink, gamble, and fornicate to take their minds off LSU's abysmal football season.
And that would be fine because some of the prostitution revenue would surely be reserved for student scholarships.
Not that it's relevant, but LSU dropped 19 spots in the latest survey of top universities that U.S. News and World Report released last month. LSU now ranks next to last among colleges in the Southeastern Conference.
Who cares? LSU is the first SEC school to promote sports gambling, and that makes it number one in my book.
|Bummer! You can't bet on LSU football in the Skyline Club.|
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