legalize betting before the economic downturn


DraftKings CEO Jason Robins has never been the most adept speaker.

Forgoing the platitudes that most executives tend to live by, Robins instead makes the kind of comments board members don’t typically want their consumers to hear.

For example, last December Robins said DraftKings doesn’t want customers looking to take advantage of the book’s deals. Well, he outdid himself on Friday at the National Council of Gambling State Legislators conference in Boston.

In explaining why more states should rush to legalize mobile betting, Robins cited a likely economic downturn in the near future. And he phrased it as loosely as possible.

For one thing, at least it doesn’t even pretend that rapid expansion, growth, and profits aren’t its main goal. On the other, ew, disgusting.

The idea that “times will soon get tougher, so let’s get people to spend their disposable income with us” is hard to beat in this formulation. Perhaps we will have more context and clarification soon. It would certainly be helpful.

Until then, remember to gamble responsibly.

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