Cubs' Joe Maddon On Historic Gambling Ruling: 'As Far As I Am Concerned, It Was Already Legal'

Maddon was supportive of the Supreme Court's decision to bring gambling above board.

Bruce Levine
May 14, 2018 - 2:02 pm
Cubs manager Joe Maddon

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By Bruce Levine--

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- The ramifications of the Supreme Court's ruling Monday that all states are free to allow legal betting on professional sports in America was still being digested by many across the sports landscape as the day moved on.

A windfall of money will be available for many interested parties, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban went so far as to explain his belief that franchise values have doubled with the ruling. 

Here locally, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was supportive of the ruling.

"As far as I am concerned, it was already legal," Maddon said. "If it has been going on in Vegas and every bar room, whether it is in Chicago or Hazelton, it has been a part of our culture. I think it is all out front now. As far as the potential manifestations, in a negative way, I don't really see that. I think it will be controlled properly."

Maddon expressed surprise that anyone might have pushback at the decision to bring wagering above board.

"It is one of those things, just take the blanket off," Maddon said. "It has been there. It has happened. You now let more states to benefit. I don't see anything different actually. It didn't move the needle for me at all. I get (why it was ruled that way). Why should only one state benefit from it? So I get it."

The fear of a coach or player providing gamblers inside information may briefly intensity with the new ruling, but Maddon was rather unconcerned.

"I often thought that and know people do that regardless," Maddon said about worrying about conflicts regarding gamblers' information sources. "So you always have to be careful with that. That same (source) could have easily called Vegas and bet with that knowledge for the last 50 years. It might become more convenient now. It might spike interest early but settle in. It is more pertinent to people who just like to gamble."

Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber called it "good" for fans to have the option to wager, though it doesn't change anything for the players.

"Obviously, we are not going to do that," Schwarber said. "We are not going to be betting on baseball. We all saw what happened to good old Pete Rose there."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.​