Birmingham is a major center for illegal sports betting, according to the handicappers, sports writers, and active and retired sports bettors whom I interviewed for my feature article, “Some Skin in the Game,” found in the October issue of B-Metro magazine.
Here’s just a sample:
If you don’t think sports betting is popular in Birmingham, if you’re unaware that gambling—on college and pro football, baseball and basketball—is woven into our culture, check out this anecdote from Tommy Deas, executive sports editor at the Tuscaloosa News.
“When I moved to Southside back in the mid-80s to do an internship with the Birmingham News, the cable guy came to set me up at my apartment, and before he started the installation he handed me a line sheet and a card with his number,” Deas says. “So my cable guy was a bookie. For the record, I don’t bet and threw both away, but that should tell you something about the sports betting culture in Birmingham.”
The piece also includes thoughts on the subject from, among others, top handicapper Ross Benjamin, radio personality Lance Taylor from “The Roundtable” at WJOX-FM, gambling expert and former UAB economics professor George Ignatin, and author and Weld for Birmingham contributor Allen Barra.
I hope you’ll read the rest of the story, as well as two additional stories about sports betting and some of its negative effects by Loyd McIntosh, “A Piece of the Action” and “Place Your Bets,” part of the same B-Metro spread (use the same link above).
Read the full story at B-Metro.