Showing posts with label Caesars Sportsbook. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Caesars Sportsbook. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Universities entering the gambling business while students place bets on their futures by taking out student loans

 Sports betting is legal in most states, and universities are getting in on the action. As the New York Times reported earlier this week, eight universities have already signed contracts with gaming companies.

Last year, Louisiana State University's athletic department partnered with Caesars Sportsbook, a gambling corporation. The contract gives Caesers the naming rights to the Skyline Club at Tiger Stadium and the right to advertise at the stadium, LSU"s basketball arena, and the varsity baseball stadium.

Cody Worsham, LSU's associate athletic director and "chief brand officer," describes the deal as a win-win for everybody. LSU "shares a commitment to responsible, age-appropriate marketing," he said. That commitment "is integral to a sustainable and responsible partnership benefiting our entire department, university, and fan base." That sounds like bullshit to me.

Robert Mann, an LSU journalism professor, is not sure LSU's gambling partnership is a good thing: "It just feels gross and tacky for a university to be encouraging people "to engage in behavior that is addictive and very harmful," Mann said in an interview with the Times.

Indeed, LSU sent an email message encouraging recipients, including students too young to legally gamble, "to place your first bet (and earn your first bonus)."

Implicit in LSU's new revenue stream is the belief that gambling is not harmful and that students too young to place bets won't engage in sports betting.

However, that sentiment is naive, if not downright disingenuous. LSU students will see sports betting advertisements when they go to Tiger Stadium to watch a football game, and they can place sports bets on their cell phones. Does anybody believe LSU's contract with Caesars won't cause more students to gamble?

Louisiana is already lousy with gambling opportunities: riverboat casinos, land-based casinos, truck stop casinos, and the Louisiana Lottery. (The lottery also advertises at LSU). Ubiquitous gambling advertisements often portray young, prosperous, and healthy people having a ball at one of the state's many casinos.

I've strolled through the Louisiana casinos several times over the years, and almost no one looks happy and prosperous to me.  Mostly, they look old, unhealthy, and poor. Why would a young and successful person want to throw money away at a truckstop casino in Port Allen, LA?

The universities and the gaming companies seem to believe they have met their obligation to discourage addictive gambling by posting an 800 number at the bottom of their ads informing people where they can call to get help for gambling addiction. But does LSU really want its students to seek professional counseling to overcome a sports-betting addiction--a habit that LSU profits from?

LSU students must be on their guard when they see their university pushing sports betting. Gambling is not suitable for anyone, especially young college students. In fact, every time an LSU undergraduate sees an LSU gambling enticement, they should remind themselves that their university is not their friend.




Sunday, October 24, 2021

We're Number 1! LSU signs deal with Caesars Sportsbook to promote sports betting

 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.