The Vote 2018 – A Fork in the Road

The Vote 2018 – A Fork in the Road 150 150 Chris Rabalais

I am political… very political. I can’t help it. When other kids were playing with blocks, I was watching Gerald Ford take over the presidency from Richard Nixon. No, I’m not kidding. I remember thinking… Who are these people? Why does everyone care? What do they do? Not normal. I know.

I still remember family dinners and get-togethers where “politics and religion” were off the table. To me that meant (and means), we can talk about anything as long as it isn’t too important. Politics is important, VERY important. It touches every aspect of our lives every moment of the day whether you like it or not.

So, why do people get emotional about politics? Simple… values. This may not have always been true but it is certainly true now. Who you vote for or support in politics is a badge for what you believe in and stand for. That’s a big deal. It goes straight to identity and that is core human psychology. Even deeper, I think it is primal and linked to our view to survival. Simply put… vote to eat.

I don’t think any reasonable person would deny that the upcoming U.S. mid-term elections in about 30 days will be historic. There is so much tension on each side that a release must come… somehow. You can’t keep increasing the pressure forever. So, why all the pressure? What is behind this?

The answer: Real pain and real struggle

Living in the rich coastal cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York is a bubble. There is no doubt about it. In the past year or so, I took several road trips through the middle of the country. This is something I had not done in more than a decade. What I saw saddened me. There are real problems and the decay is heartbreaking. I get it and I understand how we got to this political moment in time.  That being said, we must be VERY careful not to look to magic tricks for a solution. These problems have been building for a very long time… since World War II… if you look closely. This won’t be solved overnight. There are basic economic infrastructure issues that must be addressed. A shiny coat of gold-glittered spray paint won’t do it.

We need something new, big and exciting that actually delivers on the promise long-term and isn’t a sleight-of-hand move. As outlined in the previous piece (,  SPORTS MARKETS are the answer.

So, you say… what does this have to do with the 2018 Vote?

Everything… Why? Because the current “magic trick” being sold to the public is that expanding sports gambling will create exciting new opportunities to build wealth and benefit government. That would be absolutely laughable if it weren’t being moved ahead as I write this. Last Thursday, the first Congressional hearing was held to discuss a federal framework for sports gambling ( This is something to be watched carefully as such a move would be an absolutely unmitigated disaster. Have we learned nothing from history? This is not a solution. It is dumping jet fuel on the burning house. While everyone is distracted with the political theater of the mid-terms, the pro-gambling faction is quietly working to insert a deadly cancer into the social fabric, educational paradigm and economic system of our nation. This will continue to happen until the message gets out that there is a superior option. What is that option? INVESTING in sports instead of gambling on sports. We’ve been diligently working on this for 17 years and all it lacks now is public support to go the last mile… the VOTE if you will… and we need your help.

To fully understand what this is about, please take a moment to watch this recent interview:

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This is just as serious and urgent as the upcoming mid-terms but overlooked in the noise and confusion that dominates the frantic news cycle every day. Let’s not make the proven mistakes of the past and move toward a better future building The New Sports Economy around sports investing.