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Prior to leaving office in 2013, Kyl’s official Senate website laid out his stance on online gambling thusly: “I have opposed efforts to legalize internet gambling in the past because evidence suggests that it fosters problems unlike any other forms of gambling. Online players can gamble 24 hours a day from home, children can play without sufficient age verification, and betting with a credit card can undercut a player’s perception of the value of cash – leading to possible addiction and, in turn, bankruptcy, crime, and even suicide.” That said, online gambling doesn’t appear to be on the Senate’s short-term radar. The big issue of the day is the vacant Supreme Court seat. With Republicans holding a slim majority in the US Senate, and an election in November, there’s a sense of urgency to confirm President Donald Trump‘s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Kyl seems to have alluded to that at his press conference, saying, “There is much unfinished business on the Senate’s calendar.” There is another gaming issue that Kyl could have been talking about: Sports betting . Two high-profile senators, Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have been talking up the issue, and Kyl is likely to echo their sentiments that echo those of pro sports leagues. As Legal Sports Report noted on Tuesday : “Kyl works as an advisor for the law firm Covington & Burling. It has represented many of the top pro US sports leagues in one fashion or another. It’s even dealt with sports data and statistics — one of the central issues the leagues are concerned with when it comes to sports betting — on behalf of the NFL.” Despite his links to professional sports leagues, I suspect Kyl’s appointment has nothing to do with gambling issues and everything to do with Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS appointment.
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