The Dark Underbelly of Sports Betting

Recently Saturday Night Live featured a sketch spoofing the explosion of sports betting. It not-so-subtly punctured the false promises of the gambling industry:

The satisfaction of placing a bet and watching it hit big. The exhilaration of an upset only you saw coming. With betting apps right on your phone, it’s easier than ever to turn your passion for sports into cold, hard cash. With so many games to bet on, you almost can’t lose. But there’s a dark side. We all know a friend who struggles with online gambling. A friend who’s on the verge of losing everything. His house, his family, his entire life.

Then, with dark humor, the sketch offers: “Now you can bet on exactly how he’ll lose it all with Rock Bottom Kings.”

Rock bottom is not the promise the gambling industry typically features in their glitzy ads that promise instant riches and constant dopamine hits. But we shouldn’t be fooled: The casinos that brought in a record $11 billion in revenue off of live sports aren’t in this to make sports fans rich.

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Daniel Darling is director of the Land Center for Cultural Engagement at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His forthcoming book is Agents of Grace. He is also a bestselling author of several other books, including The Original Jesus, The Dignity Revolution, The Characters of Christmas, The Characters of Easter, and A Way With Words and the host of a popular weekly podcast, The Way Home. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College, has studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Angela have four children.