Showing posts with label Gaming. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gaming. Show all posts

July 2, 2013

Throwing the Game?


Ronald J. Rychlak, University of Mississippi School of Law, has published Gambling with the Bronx Bombers: Betting on, Against, and with the Yankees.
Here is the abstract.

The New York Yankees, arguably the most hallowed name in all of professional sports, has probably had more money wagered on the outcome of its games than any other team in any sport. Although few people today may be aware of it, the team itself has a long history of association with gamblers and gambling. The first owners of the Yankees were notorious gamblers; the team’s first captain was indicted in the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal; one Yankees’ pitcher was suspected of having thrown another Series game; one owner had ties to underworld figures in Las Vegas; another owner was suspended for his dealings with a known gambler; and one of the most beloved Yankees of all time was barred from baseball due to his association with a casino. Additionally, it has been suggested that the Yankees’ threat of moving to New Jersey in the mid-1990s was linked to New York State authorizing gambling.
Download the full text of the paper from SSRN at the link.

May 18, 2009

Race, Property, and Gambling in Mark Twain

While I was looking for something else on SSRN, I came across this interesting paper by Naomi Reed.

Naomi Reed, Columbia University, The Wagers of Whiteness, The Wagers of Blackness Gambling and Race in Pudd'nhead Wilson . Here is the abstract.


"The Wagers of Whiteness, The Wagers of Blackness" analyzes the late nineteenth-century erosion of African Americans' newly acquired citizenship rights by turning to the relationship between gambling, property, and slavery in Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894). Tom Driscoll's ever-present gambling debts turn him into a thief, and his thefts not only make him unfit to inherit the Driscoll fortune, but also ultimately unmask him as, in Twain's words, "a negro and a slave." Tom's thefts come to constitute blackness as the theft of whiteness, and the novel thus renders racial difference visible through property relationships. This connection prompts a reinterpretation of Plessy v. Ferguson specifically as a property claim: Homer Plessy argued that segregation deprived him of the property of his reputation of being a white man. Juxtaposing Plessy's denied property claim to the Supreme Court's commitment at the close of the nineteenth century to the protection of property rights, this paper shows how race remained articulated in and through a language of property even as biological discourses about racial difference came to the fore.

Download the paper from SSRN here.