A survey conducted by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State University determined that over 40% of sportswriters gamble and nearly 5% acknowledge betting on sports they cover. Nearly 70% of the sportswriters who gamble admitted it clouded their objectivity.
"It's on their minds and they know it's on their minds," said Marie Hardin, associate professor and associate director of research at the Curley Center. "That was really surprising to me."
Not everybody thinks mixing the two is a bad thing. Read my latest piece for Covers to see what oddsmakers, journalists and gamblers have to say.
I also have a second piece, previewing this week's games. Here's the link.
A reminder to check Covers' excellent matchups page, featuring previews, trends and line moves.