Half of Americans are okay with the idea of legal sports betting, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll that was conducted before the Supreme Court's ruling last week that cleared the way for states to legalize it by striking down a 1992 federal law that banned betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. The survey found that 50 percent of Americans favor legal sports betting and 37 percent are opposed, numbers that have remained consistent as the poll has asked the question in recent years. Among the top reasons given by supporters of legalizing sports betting is that people are doing it anyway and that it will bring in extra tax revenue to states. Opponents name concerns about more people developing gambling problems, the spread of organized crime, and concern over the integrity of the games. Rhode Island's on the fast lane to implement sports gambling. So far, The RI Council on Problem Gambling's been silent on the issue.


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