Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, College Sports, Gambling
It has been a longstanding assumption among historians of sport that gambling is an essential element in the appeal of sport, and that from the first competition it was likely that a wager was involved. It is also generally conceded that, without gambling, sport would experience a marked decline in public interest. The gambling industry in America is huge and largely illegal, while the gambling industry on other parts of the planet is huge and legal.
Sport and Society for Arete
College of Arts and Humanities
Crepeau, Richard C., "Gambling and college sports" (2006). On Sport and Society. 726.