New research: Saints fans say lift federal ban on sports betting

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) - Fifty-one percent of New Orleans Saints fans support lifting the federal ban on sports betting, and think Louisiana, not the federal government, should decide whether to allow sports betting within state borders, according to a new Morning Consult poll released following last week’s NFL owners meeting in Phoenix.

The enthusiasm for legalizing sports betting far outweighs fan concerns – just 17% of Saints fans said they would not support legalizing sports betting.

Morning Consult, on behalf of the American Gaming Association, conducted an online survey of 787 New Orleans Saints fans from December 19, 2016 to January 4, 2017. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of +/- 3%.

Due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act 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.

Saints fans’ views on sports betting:

  • 51% say it’s time to lift the federal ban on sports betting.
  • 56% say regulating and taxing sports betting would generate revenue for education and public safety programs.
  • 42% say they would be more likely to watch a game if they place a bet on it.

“Saints fans overwhelmingly recognize the federal ban on sports betting has failed. They support lifting the federal ban on sports betting because they believe a legalized, regulated market will generate vital tax revenue, increase fan interest in games and make betting safe for consumers,” said Geoff Freeman, AGA president and CEO. “With the grassroots support of fans across the country, our campaign to lift the sports betting ban is gaining the momentum we need to push across the goal line in Washington.”

With the NCAA men’s basketball tournament recently completed, Americans have wagered more than $10 billion on the 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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