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Sports wagering is a freedom, not just a source of state revenue

17 May 2018

Evangelical leaders are expressing their opposition to a United States Supreme Court decision led by conservative justices that struck down a federal law stopping states from legalizing sports gambling. Legalized sports betting nationwide could provide $3.4 billion to states and local governments, according to a study by Oxford Economics commissioned by the American Gaming Association.

Webis said Wednesday that while the ruling will not have an immediate impact on revenue levels until individual state legalisation is in place, the announcement is regarded as a boost for the company's U.S. operations.

Travis Wussow, general counsel and vice president for public policy at ERLC, told the Baptist Press that the decision will lead to a slippery slope of harm to society.

The Supreme Court's ruling Monday authorizing state-sanctioned sports betting could have profound implications for a host of other issues.

The American Gaming Association (AGA), which represents the US casino industry, has long opposed the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, contending it has resulted in an annual illegal sports betting market of $150 billion.

Now comes an opportunity to give patrons another gaming option, betting on sports.

The ruling moves the "anti-commandeering doctrine" more into the mainstream and moves some of the most controversial subjects of this controversial time from Congress into state legislatures. Associate Justice Stephen Breyer joined in most of the majority opinion but also signed onto the dissent with Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

Sports wagering is a freedom, not just a source of state revenue