Sports Betting Wisdom: Beware The T&C

Is it a sign of the times or something else entirely? Whatever the case may be, now more than ever, you have to pay attention to what you are doing online at your favorite online sports book. You see, placing your sports wager online brings you to an entirely new world. In the online world just like the real world there are things you need to know before opening up your wallet and simply placing a sports wager.

You see, in the arcane world of the Internet, the lawyers have run amok. There are traps and hidden doors that may catch you unaware if you aren’t paying attention. Specifically, if you you must set aside a little bit of time to understand the Terms and Conditions of the website that hosts your sports betting venue or even the website you go to for sports betting tips.

The reality is that whether you realize it or not, you may find yourself bound by a legally binding contract. This kind of thing shows up in a manner you need to be aware of.

First, there is the dreaded I AGREE button. As you may have noticed, on most online sports betting sites, you can’t go any further until you click on the I Agree button. And, like most people, you probably just click that button so you can move on.

But you see, that is the trap. Hidden deep down in those Terms and Conditions could be language binding you to terms you would never have agreed to had you sat down with an attorney. It gets even more bizarre. In the confusing world of legaldom, most courts don’t even care. That is, the way the courts (at least in the United States) have been looking at this is that just by having the I Agree Button there for you to click on is sufficient evidence that you knew and understood your actions.

In legal talk, the phrase is constructive notice. That is to say, whether you read it before you clicked or whether you chose not to, the courts sees it that you have the opportunity to read it at your leisure. In other words, you can’t claim you didn’t read the Terms. As the saying goes, ignorance of the law is no excuse.

What is the savvy sport betting enthusiast to do? Perhaps you can take the time to at least skim the terms of your favorite online sites. At the same time, common sense wisdom would suggest you stick with the more reputable online sports betting venues.

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