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Washington Capitals And Wizards Owner Ted Leonsis Says There Will Be A Sportsbook In Capital One Arena

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Washington Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is fully embracing sports gambling.

Leonsis told the media Wednesday that the Green Turtle bar in Capital One Arena will be turned into a sportsbook.

However, the teams owned by Leonsis won’t operate the sportsbook. He also pointed out that the gambling is happening anyways, — only, it’s “offshore.”

I love this from the Caps and Wizards owner. All pro sports owners should be embracing gambling. It’ll inherently draw more interest to the games. That’s just a fact.

If people are gambling on a game, then they’re more inclined to watch. It doesn’t even matter if it’s their team playing or not. (RELATED: LeBron James Appears To Bounce Ball Into TV Broadcast On Purpose)

If I have money on something, I’m going to be way more interested. The higher the stakes, the more committed I am.

I don’t understand how a single owner in pro sports could possibly feel differently. Do they hate money? Do they hate TV ratings?

These are rich dudes. You’d think they’d know a thing or two about getting a dollar. Sports gambling is the future, and it’s time for everybody to get onboard.

The future is bright, my friends. The gambling business is about to boom!

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