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Sports betting: When live wagering hits stadiums, the end of games will sound much different

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SportsPulse: Supreme Court reporter Richard Wolf breaks down the SCOTUS ruling on sports betting in the United States, and what it could mean for the future of gambling in professional and college sports. USA TODAY Sports

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It will take years before all the ramifications from the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on sports gambling are felt. Yet it’s clear that giving states the OK to legalize betting on sports will greatly alter the way the game is watched.

And even if teams stop short of placing betting kiosks in arenas and stadiums, the live, end-of-game experience will look and sound a lot different when potentially thousands of fans may have action riding on what were once the final, meaningless seconds or innings of a game.

Now, the closing moments of competition that used to only send sports-book denizens or corner bar degenerates into a frenzy could possibly stoke the passions of a live crowd.

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The NBA dribble-out

You’ve seen it thousands of times – a margin of greater than six points, less than 30 seconds remaining, and a nod of concession from the losing team. The winning team is content to dribble out the shot or game clock as daps and hugs commence.

This moment of finality is usually greeted by tepid applause from the winning team’s fans. But in the Live Gambling Experience? It’s not hard to imagine a bevy of fans who need a seven-point game to turn to a nine-point game – or an over/under total to go just a basket higher – to implore their guys to please….just….throw…down….a meaningless dunk!

Sometimes, prayers are answered. Hard to imagine how thrilling that might be in person, betting slip in hand.

The empty net

Pulling the goalie is already one of sport’s great thrills – an empty net! – and now that move will only be enhanced when a live betting audience has action on the game. While hockey wagering, like baseball, offers bets based largely on odds rather than spreads – an elite starting pitcher or hot goalie at home will make it riskier to turn a profit – there’s also the goal/run lines and, of course, the ever-present over/under.

For instance, in Tuesday night’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final, a $100 bet on the Capitals will pay a bettor $240 if they choose to “give” 1.5 goals.

So if it’s 3-2 Capitals, and Andrei Vasilevskiy scampers from the net to the Lightning bench, and you’re clutching tickets that will pay you hundreds of dollars if Washington wins by two and more than 5.5 goals are scored in the game, well, let’s just say you might be more invested in a puck finding that net than even the most diehard Caps fan savoring a 3-0 series lead.

The mop-up appearance

Like hockey, baseball is far from a clean sport on which to wager. The games are low-scoring, highly random and aren’t conducive to point spreads. So, run-line and over/under bets make for a more aesthetically pleasing wager.

And like all sports, there’s a certain evil genius to baseball handicappers who know how to set a run total. So if it’s an 8-1 game and the over/under is 9.5, then yes, your financial fate may be in the hands of the 13th pitcher on the staff or, heaven forbid, a position player.

The kneeldown

We’ve learned in the past couple seasons that kneeling during the national anthem is almost a sure-fire way to hit the NFL unemployment line. We’ve long known that the decision on when to order your quarterback to kneel down and kill the clock can drive gamblers mad.

Nowadays, teams are much smarter about clock issues – math and analytics and all – but as any fan of Andy Reid-coached teams now, mistakes can be made. And as winning teams play out the last one to three minutes of a game, decisions in positive-yard territory can have crucial impacts on gamblers:

Try a long field goal? Or punt?

Jam it in from the 5-yard line? Or take a knee?

Such decisions not only affect the winning team but also the losing team’s ability to regain possession in hopes of a backdoor cover.

And the specter of a spread-killing moment in a legalized gambling atmosphere will surely cut down on fans trying to beat the traffic.

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Game 2: Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Tatar

Game 2: Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Tatar (90), playing his first game since May 2, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal in a 3-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets.  Terrence Lee, USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson gets

Game 2: Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson gets the worst of it as he and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin battle for the puck.  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler gets dumped

Game 1: Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler gets dumped into the Vegas Golden Knights bench on a big check by Ryan Reaves (not shown).  John Woods, AP
Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov

Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov collides with Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby during the first period.  Reinhold Matay, USA TODAY Sports
Game 7: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers (57) is

Game 7: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers (57) is congratulated by defenseman Ben Chiarot (7) after a goal during the first period of a 5-1 win over the Nashville Predators.  Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports
Game 6: Washington's Alex Ovechkin, right, and Pittsburgh's

Game 6: Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, right, and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby meet in the handshake line after the Capitals knocked off the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports
Game 6: Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg

Game 6: Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg scores against Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, one of his two goals in the 4-0 Predators win.  Terrence Lee, USA TODAY Sports
Game 6: Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre

Game 6: Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury reaches for the puck before San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc can get to it. Fleury made 28 saves for his fourth shutout of the playoffs.  Stan Szeto, USA TODAY Sports
Game 5: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov

Game 5: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov upends Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand during the second period.  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports
Game 5: Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault (85)

Game 5: Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault (85) celebrates after scoring past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the third period of a 6-2 win.  Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports
Game 5: Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin

Game 5: Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin checks Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin in the first period.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports
Game 5: Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson

Game 5: Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) takes a shot against the San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights won the game, 5-3.  Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA TODAY Sports
Game 4: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy

Game 4: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) reacts after defeating the Boston Bruins 4-3 in overtime at TD Garden.  Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports
Game 4: Ryan Shazier celebrates after the Pittsburgh

Game 4: Ryan Shazier celebrates after the Pittsburgh Penguins scored an empty-net goal in a 3-1 win against the Washington Capitals.  Don Wright, USA TODAY Sports
Game 4: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban

Game 4: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) celebrates his second-period goal in a 2-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets.  James Carey Lauder, USA TODAY Sports
Game 4: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates

Game 4: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates a goal during a 4-0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.  Stan Szeto, USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy

Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and center Steven Stamkos lie on top of Boston Bruins center David Krejci while protecting the goal during the third period of Tampa’s 4-1 win.  Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin

Game 3: Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) knocks the puck in out of midair for the winning goal against the Penguins.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, back,

Game 3: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, back, scores against the Nashville Predators during the second period.  Terrence Lee, USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson

Game 3: Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson scores in overtime against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones.  John Hefti, USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson and

Game 2: Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson and Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand exchange words during the first period.  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: Washington Capitals forward Brett Connolly's

Game 2: Washington Capitals forward Brett Connolly’s shot squeezes past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray for a 3-0 lead. The Capitals won 4-1 to tie the series 1-1.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: James Shaw Jr., the hero in the recent Waffle

Game 2: James Shaw Jr., the hero in the recent Waffle House shooting in Tennessee, sits in the stands after being introduced during the first period in the Nashville Predators’ game against the Winnipeg Jets.  Shelley Mays, The (Nashville) Tennessean
Game 2: San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) celebrates

Game 2: San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) celebrates with teammates after scoring in double overtime against the Vegas Golden Knights.  Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA TODAY Sports
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask tries to show

Game 1: Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask tries to show the officials his broken skate blade after a goal by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev.  Chris O’Meara, AP
Game 1: Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm

Game 1: Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) reacts after a goal by Winnipeg Jets center Paul Stastny (second from left) during the second period of a 4-1 loss.  Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane (9) is

Game 1: San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane (9) is surrounded by Vegas Golden Knights players during the first period of the Golden Knights’ 7-0 victory.  Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (8)

Game 1: Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (8) kneels on the ice after missing a shot on Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) in the first period of a 3-2 loss.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports
Game 7: Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak (88) celebrates

Game 7: Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak (88) celebrates with defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) after scoring a goal during the third period of a 7-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports
Game 6: Boston Bruins right wing David Backes picks

Game 6: Boston Bruins right wing David Backes picks up a penalty after elbowing Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen in the head.  Frank Gunn, AP
Game 6: Washington's Alex Ovechkin (two goals) and

Game 6: Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (two goals) and Braden Holtby (35 saves) greet Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in he handshake line after the Capitals’ clinching 6-3 win in Game 6.  Russell LaBounty, USA TODAY Sports
Game 6: Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel puts

Game 6: Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel puts the puck past Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth for one of his four goals during the clinching game.  Eric Hartline, USA TODAY Sports
Game 6: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Andrew Hammond,

Game 6: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Andrew Hammond, who dominated the Nashville Predators in Game 5, looked human in a 5-0 loss that sent Nashville to the second round.  Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports
April 21: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak (42)

April 21: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak (42) reacts after scoring a goal during a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins.  Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports
Game 5: Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom

Game 5: Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom celebrates his overtime goal vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammates.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports
Game 5: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev,

Game 5: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, 19, became the youngest player in franchise history to score a playoff goal.  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports
Game 5: Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog

Game 5: Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog (92) celebrates after scoring a goal to tie the game during the third period of a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators.  Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports
Game 5: The Winnipeg Jets salute their fans after shutting

Game 5: The Winnipeg Jets salute their fans after shutting out the Minnesota Wild to win their first playoff series.  James Carey Lauder, USA TODAY Sports
Game 5: Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier

Game 5: Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier celebrates his goal with teammates late in the third period of a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports
Game 4: Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (8)

Game 4: Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates teammate T.J. Oshie’s goal in a 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports
Game 4: Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk (74) celebrates

Game 4: Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk (74) celebrates his goal with center David Krejci (46) in the third period of a 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Tom Szczerbowski, USA TODAY Sports
Game 4: The San Jose Sharks celebrate after completing

Game 4: The San Jose Sharks celebrate after completing their sweep of the Anaheim Ducks with a 2-1 win.  John Hefti, USA TODAY Sports
Game 4: Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg

Game 4: Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg (9) scores past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) during the first period of a 3-2 win.  Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports
Game 4: Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov looks up after

Game 4: Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov looks up after he’s knocked to the ice in the third period. Kucherov earlier had knocked Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen out of the game with a hard hit.  Bruce Bennett, Getty Images
Game 4: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott

Game 4: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott and defenseman Brandon Manning can’t stop a Pittsburgh Penguins goal in the first period. Elliott was pulled after giving up three goals on 17 shots.  Eric Hartline, USA TODAY Sports
Game 4: Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11)

Game 4: Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) skates to the bench as the Vegas Golden Knights celebrate after completing the sweep.  Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov puts up a big

Game 3: Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov puts up a big spray of ice as Columbus Blue Jackets makes a save. The Capitals won 3-2 in double overtime.  Russell LaBounty, USA TODAY Sports
Game 4: Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who

Game 4: Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who named a Vezina Trophy finalist earlier in the day, makes one of his 30 saves in a 2-0 victory against the Minnesota Wild.  Brad Rempel, USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban,

Game 3: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, right, takes down Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon after punching him from behind.  Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: The San Jose Sharks had appropriate towels

Game 3: The San Jose Sharks had appropriate towels waiting for fans on their seats before a game against the Anaheim Ducks.  John Hefti, USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, left,

Game 3: Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, left, sends Zach Hyman’s stick airborne as they battle in front of Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.  John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider,

Game 3: New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider, back, was named No. 2 star in a 5-2 victory against Tampa Bay Lightning. Getting his first start of the playoffs, he made 34 saves for his first win since Dec. 27.  Ed Mulholland, USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Vegas Golden Knights left wing James Neal put

Game 3: Vegas Golden Knights left wing James Neal put his team ahead 2-1 in a 3-2 victory that pushed the Los Angeles Kings to the brink of elimination.  Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby skates

Game 2: Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby skates away as Columbus Blue Jackets players congratulate overtime goal scorer Matt Calvert. The Blue Jackets lead the series 2-0.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Greenway celebrates

Game 3: Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Greenway celebrates the first goal of his NHL career during a 6-2 rout of the Winnipeg Jets.  Marilyn Indahl, USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Penguins goalie Matt Murray makes one of his

Game 3: Penguins goalie Matt Murray makes one of his 26 saves against the Flyers the hard way.  Bruce Bennett, Getty Images
Game 2: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin

Game 2: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) shoves San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane (9) into the Ducks’ bench in the first period of the Sharks’ 3-2 win.  Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson

Game 2: Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson leaps as he screens Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier during the third period. The Predators won 5-4.  Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak celebrates

Game 2: Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak celebrates his second-period goal on his way to a hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid

Game 2: New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save but loses his stick. He ended up getting pulled in the loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula (56)

Game 2: Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula (56) scores the winner in double overtime against the Los Angeles Kings – the first overtime playoff win in Golden Knights history.  Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: The Winnipeg Jets celebrate a goal by forward

Game 2: The Winnipeg Jets celebrate a goal by forward Paul Stastny during the third period of a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.  Terrence Lee, USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny

Game 2: Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny (11) scores a goal during the third period of a 5-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane (9) celebrates

Game 1: San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane (9) celebrates a goal during the second period of a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.  Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith (15)

Game 1: Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith (15) celebrates with Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg (9) after a goal during the second period of a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.  Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin

Game 1: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin (9) celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the Washington Capitals.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9)

Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates a goal during a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43)

Game 1: Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) questions a penalty called against him during the third period of the Boston Bruins’ 5-1 win.  Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: The Vegas Golden Knights celebrate with goalie

Game 1: The Vegas Golden Knights celebrate with goalie Marc-Andre Fleury following their 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, their first playoff win in team history.  Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: The Winnipeg Jets celebrate a goal against

Game 1: The Winnipeg Jets celebrate a goal against the Minnesota Wild in their 3-2 win, the first playoff victory in franchise history.  James Carey Lauder, USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87)

Game 1: Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with teammates after his hat trick goal in a 7-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports

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