Sports betting may work on Beale Street. But will it work to worsen people’s lives? By Tonyaa Weathersbee, Memphis Commercial Appeal December 20, 2018 at 6:25 pm As far as sports betting goes, Beale Street is an ideal spot. It already attracts tourists who, if they bet on sports there, they’ll likely eat at Beale Street restaurants or hang out at its clubs and leave after a few days. Also, seeing that tourism adds $3.2 billion to Shelby County’s economy already, picking off a few gamblers headed to Mississippi to lay down bets on teams could only help. So, it’s good that the Shelby County Commission, in voting to ask the Tennessee General Assembly to allow sports betting on Beale Street — a place where revelry, dancing, drinking and assorted sin is perpetually in season anyway — asked that it be confined there.