Should Sports Gambling Be Legal?

2342 Words Mar 18th, 2016 10 Pages
INTRODUCTION
Local legal casino gambling has gained popularity in the United States after a long history of prohibition in many parts of the country. Casino gambling was outlawed in the early 1900’s before being legalized in Nevada and the city of Las Vegas in 1931. In 1978, gambling was legalized in Atlantic City, New Jersey (casino-history.org). Las Vegas continues to dominate as the number one casino destination. Atlantic City and New Jersey have taken a hit as completion in surrounding states increases every year. Pennsylvania surpassed New Jersey as the number two casino destination in the United States in 2015 (Tisdall 2). Today, 43 states have casinos (americancasinosguide.com). Since the birth of the Internet, gambling online has grown into a new industry. Online gambling is continuing to grow to this day and is an industry already worth billions. Many of the issues in today’s society and legislatures have moved away from the issue of if casinos should be legal towards the issue of should sports gambling be legal on websites such as draftkings.com and fanduel.com.
Legalized casino gambling is still a very important topic that continues to cause controversy throughout the states. According to statista.com, the United States casino market had revenues of approximately 65 billion dollars in 2015. This revenue stemmed from the 1,511 casinos open throughout the United States (statista.com). The sheer amount of revenue the casino industry produces each year makes it a…
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