Will Sports Betting Transform How Games Are Watched, and Even Played?

By Bruce Schoenfeld, NYT Magazine
Jan. 29, 2019

After decades of resistance to sports gambling, team owners and state officials are laying the groundwork for it — with potentially huge implications.

Half an hour before a preseason hockey game last fall, Ted Leonsis strolled down the concourse of Capital One Arena in Washington, stopping every now and then to pose for someone’s selfie. Leonsis owns both the Washington Capitals, the National Hockey League team, and the arena itself, a squat behemoth that fills a block of Chinatown not far from Ford’s Theater. He also owns other teams that play there, including the Washington Wizards, in the National Basketball Association, and some smaller ones that don’t.