Do you support the legalization of sports betting in the Commonwealth? I ask because Beacon Hill is debating the pros and cons of it.

Do you know how many centuries sports betting has been in existence? So as a gentle reminder to our lawmakers, for thousands of years, sports betting has been an established industry. The U.S. Supreme Court granted approval for sports betting, but for years, Massachusetts politicians have been wedged between lifeless and slothful.

If the lawmakers play their cards right, I can see millions and millions of new dollars added to our state's kitty. That's additional fresh tax money that we can always use. Legalizing sports betting won't just bring the law in line with the majority of Bay Stater's attitudes, but it also gives people a chance to win some money.

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Most states that have approved sports betting and casino gambling did so primarily because they see it as a tool for economic growth. This kind of industry offers a win-win situation for both the games and the bettors. And for the person who's going to loose control and squander away everything, the way it is now, we pay money for their costs that could have gone to police, fire or education. But by legalizing sports betting, legislation would include looking out for the abuser, with funds built into the law while providing surplus revenue to we, the people.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at phil@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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