At present it is illegal to place a bet on a single game in Canada; however, Bill C-290 could soon change that.
Bill C-290 just needs a third and final reading in the Senate at it will pass into law. It brings legislation that would legalise betting on single games.
However, it has provoked an unfavourable reaction from the sports world. The president of Toronto Blue Jays, Paul Beeston, argued to the Senate on Tuesday that the bill would increase the probability that gamblers would try to influence the outcome of games.
However, the bill has support from all the major parties and it seems that there is nothing to stop it from passing the Senate.
Nonetheless, there is a reason to be cautious. There is a possibility that the NBA, NFL and NHL could stop bring new franchises if the bill passes.
In New Jersey a law passed recently allows state wide sports betting on individual collegiate and professional games. Since it passed the NCAA said that its wants to protect the integrity of its game and is planning on relocating six championships out of New Jersey.
So while the new law sounds fantastic to gamblers, sports fans may find themselves with less to live sport to attend.