An overwhelming 67% of Americans under the age of 30 years old are in favor of supporting "full-scale sports betting" in every US state, according to a Seton Hall sports poll released yesterday. Across all age groups who responded to the poll, 46% of Americans are in favor of widespread sports betting while 42% disagree.
A similar poll conducted in 2010 at Fairleigh Dickinson University found that 54% opposed legal sports betting, according to a report at NorthJersey.
The times have sure changed. With marijuana legal in multiple states despite being a controlled substance federally, Americans are of the mindset that since millions are already wagering, states should legalize and tax sports betting. States that are cash-strapped would boost their local economies and create jobs for those currently out of work.
New Jerseyans overwhelmingly voted in favor of legal sports betting in a voter's referendum back in 2011. The Garden State has been blocked by the courts following motions filed by the major US sports leagues and the NCAA to keep their state's casinos from opening sportsbooks. The leagues argue that unfettered access to sports betting in every state across the country would threaten the sanctity of their games; a dubious position considering how leagues have embraced fantasy sports leagues by accepting their advertisements and even forming partnerships (MLB, NHL).
Unfortunately, sports betting is not considered a game of skill and thus is not exempt from federal law whilst fantasy received a specific carve out. Additionally, sports betting is limited to Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana thanks to the archaic Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). Nevada is the largest beneficiary under PASPA.
A glimmer of hope was provided by the MLB Commissioner's about-face on sports betting, as well as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's op-ed in the NY Times expressing support for a federally regulated betting industry. President Trump was recently asked about the subject and did not outright dismiss the idea.
As a result of limited access to sportsbooks in their backyard Americans are left with online sports betting sites, though not all are created equal, which is why Sportsbook Review aims to warn players on which companies have scammed players out of their winnings or are known for slow-pays.