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Fun, insightful @MattMcCueWriter piece on betting and running.

Fun, insightful @MattMcCueWriter piece on betting and running.

Roughly $100 million will be legally wagered on Sunday's Super Bowl, on everything from picking the winning team to guessing how long it will take Renée Fleming to sing the national anthem to which team will call the first timeout. Odds are that anyone who has placed money on the outcome—from the high rollers in Las Vegas to the non-football fans putting a few bucks in a friend’s Super Bowl pool for fun—will be more invested in the game than if they hadn’t made a bet. They now have a horse in the contest (literally, if they picked the Broncos). All of which raises a question: Would betting on races benefit the sport of running? Currently, it exists in Europe. At the Weltklasse meet in Zurich, fans can place wagers at the track. A few betting houses in London put odds on major running events, like the Olympics and April’s London Marathon. One gaming company, Ladbrokes, alre...

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