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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is arguing for the legalization of betting on professional sports games.

In an op-ed published in the New York Times, Silver argued, “in light of these domestic and global trends, the laws on sports betting should be changed.”

The NBA currently bans the practice. In fact Tim Donaghy, former referee, was sentenced to federal prison for his role in a gambling scandal.

There is definitely some kind of spiritual connection between Texas and Las Vegas. And that could be traced back to one particular murderous crook named Benny Binion. There’s a statue of Binion today in Vegas with him high on a horse with his cowboy hat tilted in a cocky fashion.

Doug Swanson has written the incredible story of this gamble cowboy - "Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion," the slam-bang thrill ride of a biography by Doug Swanson of the Dallas Morning News.

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This is the sixth gambling bill that Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, has authored in the last decade and he is hoping for the passage of a constitutional amendment that allows Texas voters to decide on the issue of legalized gambling.

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The Texas Legislature will be back in a few months facing a budget deficit. Will the next round of state budget cuts clip Texas high school football? Or could expanded gambling in the state help solve education funding shortfalls? Nate Silver writes the New York Times political blog about polls and political probability, Five Thirty Eight, and talks about how useful (and reliable) pre-election opinion polls can be.