Now that the Supreme Court has shot down the federal law prohibiting most states from allowing sports betting by voting to legalize the practice in a 6-3 vote on Monday, how long will it be before the television networks add a professional odds-maker to their pregame National Football League lineup?

Dimetrios Georgios Synodinos. Remember him?

How ’bout Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder?

That’s the popular name of the guy you never heard of who went on to have a 12-year career on CBS by predicting winners of NFL games before being fired by the network for what were deemed racially insensitive comments in January of 1988.

Because gambling was illegal in most states during his association with CBS, Jimmy wasn’t allowed to lay out the odds of each game. But he had no problem predicting winners and when a famous Las Vegas bookmaker told a television audience one team was going to win a game, 21-10, he was telling everyone the spread was 11 points. If the official line in Las Vegas on that game was 10 points, Jimmy was telling his audience to take the favored team.

Dimetrios Georgios Synodinos passed away in April of 1996 at the age of 77. But with Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court, it’s only a matter of time before Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder is resurrected by NFL pregame shows across the network spectrum, this time ready, willing and able to predict the winners and deliver the odds.

If football is the most popular sport in America, it’s mostly because of the American passion for gambling.

Who doesn’t spend some money on office pools, fantasy football and/or college bowl games during the football season? And now that sports betting is likely to be legal in most states (including Massachusetts) what are the odds that “some” betting money will increase to “more” betting money?

But legalizing betting could also fester mistrust.

Let’s say that you want to place a wager on a National Football League game and you pick a team that happens to be a two-point underdog.

It’s late in the game, your team is trailing by a point but is just inside field goal range with three seconds left. The ball is snapped, the kick is away and as it splits the uprights for what you think is a probable two-point victory, a game official calls holding on the offense, nullifying the field goal, taking the go-ahead points off the board and your team out of field goal range. What you thought was a game-winner suddenly becomes a lost-wager.

What’s the third thing you do after running the gamut of swear words and question the integrity of the call? You probably double-check the pre-game betting line and if the penalty wound up helping the odds-maker, the questions are sure to mount.

Officiating has been a subject of controversy in the NFL for several years and with a questionable call suddenly having the ability to turn a potential win into a loss on the scoreboard and change a monetary deposit into a personal wallet withdrawal, the bull’s eye on the controversial target could get a little bigger.

But game officials in the National Football League won’t swim alone in the sea of controversy caused by legal gambling.

What about the National Basketball Association referee who makes a controversial call in the waning seconds of a game that is decided by a pair of free throws in a contest the odds-makers had rated a pick’em? Some people are getting burned.

Or the baseball umpire who makes a questionable call on a 3-and-2 pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded that either breaks a tie with a call of ball four or preserves a one-run victory with a called third strike?

I personally like the idea of being able to place a legal bet on a sporting event. But when states officially vote to allow legal gambling, I’m also betting I’ll be among the majority wondering if wagering on sporting events will always be about the odds.

Buddy Thomas’ column appears on Thursday in The Standard-Times.