Gambling Expert Not Optimistic for Success of Sports Gambling in Connecticut
Declan Hill, a University of New Haven associate professor of investigations and a leading expert on match-fixing, says the value the state puts on high-level amateur sports and its lack of infrastructure for sports betting could prove to be barriers.
September 26, 2018
By Dave Cranshaw, Office of Marketing & Communications
The belief of many powerbrokers in Connecticut is that it is a matter of when, not if, Connecticut legalizes sport betting.
Declan Hill, a University of New Haven associate professor of investigations and one of the world’s foremost experts on match-fixing, is not as confident, though, about the impact that legalizing sports betting will have on the state’s economy.
In an interview with the Washington, D.C.-based Gambling Compliance, the leading provider of independent business intelligence for the global gaming community, he described wagering in Connecticut as "a tricky political football" because of the state’s agreements with the tribes that run the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos.
And that isn’t the only issue.
"Connecticut also values high-level amateur sports and there are a number of state-level voices who are afraid of the effect on amateur sports," Hill said.