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The Lion's Tale

Nathan celebrates after breaking the school record for the 3,200 meter race. Used with permission from Nathan Szubin.
Student breaks school record in track race
Mia Forseter, Sports Editor • April 21, 2024

When junior Nathan Szubin stepped up to the line of the 3,200 meter race in the Johns Hopkins Invitational Meet on April 19, he had a different...

Arditi Zarouk (second from left) celebrates the 50-year anniversary of Perach with her team at the residence of Israeli President Herzog. Used with permission from Arditi Zarouk.
Former students and staff readjust to Israel in the wake of war
Mia Forseter, Sports Editor • April 19, 2024

The Israeli embassy and military send over emissaries every year, and many of these families choose to send their kids to CESJDS. When they go...

A day of matzo meals
A day of matzo meals
Sophie Schwartz, Opinion Editor • April 18, 2024

Many people dread Pesach time, when their beloved chametz (leaven) is replaced with dry, brittle matzo. However, if presented well, matzo does...

Junior Evan Klepper gets ready for his WIS opponent to serve
Lions tennis fall short to WIS
Isaiah Segal-Geetter, Reporter • April 18, 2024

“Twenty four on 3, Mashiach on 6,” junior and tennis captain Evan Klepper said to the varsity boys tennis team before their match against...

Eighth grade visits Capitol Hill
Eighth grade visits Capitol Hill
Jonah Mitre, Reporter • April 17, 2024

To put their learning from government class into perspective, eighth grade students visited Capitol Hill on April 10 for a field trip. Throughout...

At the college fair on April 7, Pitzer College representatives boasted about their Students Justice for Palestine (SJP) club to a Jewish student.
Opinion: Colleges need to support Zionist students
Stella Muzin, Editor-in-Chief • April 16, 2024

On April 7, I attended the Washington Area Independent Schools College Fair, which was co-sponsored by CESJDS along with other schools from the...

Betting boom

On the night of the 2023 Super Bowl, gamblers settled into their homes to determine if the sizable bets they placed were worth it. In the last eight seconds of the heated game, the Kansas City Chiefs triumphed with a three point lead. Not only were the Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles faced with high stakes that night, but so were 50 million American gamblers.

The phenomenon of sports betting has become increasingly popular over the past few years. This year, the number of Americans planning to participate in these bets has risen by 56%, with 73 million planning to place a bet on an NFL game this season, according to ESPN.

Sports betting was legalized in Maryland in 2021 for participants at least 21 years old. However, many younger sports fans participate illegally. Bettors can wager in a variety of ways through their phones, computers or in person at certain locations. A gambler can bet on the outcome of a game, the amount of points a team wins or loses by and player statistics.

“People like when the stakes are high,” senior and co-president of the sports analysis club Ethan Safra said. “It’s totally natural with sports to feel that the stakes are high. But it [sports betting] can make the stakes higher.”

Increased advertisement for betting has played a big role in the rise of sports betting. Additionally, television networks have begun to offer advice to fans on bets to make for the best outcome. There are currently 12 legal online betting platforms for fans, the most popular of which are FanDuel, DraftKings and BetMGM.

In general, betting platforms have generated large amounts of money for states governments. Platforms  controlled by the state profit from winning bets which can boost local economies.

As betting increases in popularity, so does education on it. Assistant Athletic Director and alumnus Matthew Landy (‘18) studies sports betting at Georgetown University as part of his Master’s degree in sports management.

“I wanted to get a better understanding of the betting market,” Landy said. “It has become a huge part of the sports industry and will only continue to grow within the industry as more states continue to legalize it.”

Despite the appeal associated with sports betting, it has had negative impacts on mental health. According to Landy, betting is highly addictive, even from a screen. Placing  large wagers can cause anxiety because, when not careful, bettors can easily lose money which can affect their financial situation.

A high school student who requested anonymity thinks betting can be fun when one is not addicted and if it is managed in a controlled environment. The student bets with their father a couple times a week but does not bet by themselves as it is illegal.

“I feel like I have a very advanced knowledge of sports,” the student said. “And this is a way that all my sports knowledge could potentially make me money. I feel like some sports are a bit rigged, and I know about it, so I can take that to my advantage and make a bit of money.”

Ultimately, the student thinks  that by understanding how to bet safely as a teen, they can be more prepared for the future when legally betting by themselves.

“It’s important that if you do feel like it’s necessary to begin betting, that you do so in a safe way and have someone that is more knowledgeable about it and more experienced to help guide you through the entire process so that you’re making informed decisions,” Landy said.

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