Poll: Redskins fans want to bet legally

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Fifty-eight percent of Washington Redskins fans support lifting the federal ban on sports betting, and think individual states, not the federal government, should decide whether to allow sports betting within state borders, according to a new Morning Consult poll. Only 17% of respondents opposed repealing the law, which is the subject of a case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on December 4.

With the Supreme Court case front and center, now could be the time for sports betting to fundamentally change in the U.S. Fans are already on the board, if you believe the poll.

Due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, traditional sports betting is permitted only in Nevada. However, the federal ban has not stopped Americans from illegally betting an estimated $150 billion per year on sports.

 Redskins fans’ views on sports betting:

  • 58% say it’s time to lift the federal ban on sports betting.
  • 59% say regulating and taxing sports betting would generate revenue for education and public safety programs.
  • 48% say they would be more likely to watch a game if they place a bet on it.

Americans wagered more than $10 billion on last year’s NCAA tournament – mostly illegally. In February, Americans bet $4.7 billion on Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, marking an 11 percent rise from last year’s Super Bowl. Yet 97 percent of bets – approximately $4.5 billion – were placed illegally, mainly through bookies and offshore, illicit web sites.

Fans who want to help lift the federal ban can join AGA’s grassroots campaign at SportsBettingInAmerica.com.

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