An organization aimed at putting a stop to predatory gambling will continue to speak out following a Supreme Court ruling handed down on Monday.
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that states can legalize sports betting, as the federal prohibition on state laws authorizing sports betting violates the anti-commandeering rule.
The case involved New Jersey's attempt to legalize sports betting under then-Governor Chris Christie (R-New Jersey). For over half a century, most states have had laws on the books barring sports betting – but some states have started to view it as a potential to create jobs and generate revenue by opening up casinos and allowing sports betting to be legal.
"This decision may have some impact on curtailing illegal sports gambling, but it will actually do more to make the corruption aspect legitimate and mainstream. Worse still, state governments that choose to permit this form of gambling will become addicted to the revenues they get from the fleecing of their own citizens. Sports will be corrupted by nefarious elements and the integrity of the game and the beauty of competition stained with greed.
"Our children, in addition to the temptations of alcohol and drugs, will now have greater access to an additional vice – gambling."
Rev. Mark Creech, executive director
Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc.
While the ruling in New Jersey's favor has been hailed a victory for federalism by the Pacific Legal Foundation, Les Bernal of Stop Predatory Gambling calls it a "naked money grab from the wallets of ordinary Americans cloaked as a 'states' rights' case."
"State-sanctioned gambling goes to the heart of the lack of mobility out of poverty that millions of Americans face today," he tells OneNewsNow. "The American people lost $117 billion on state-sanctioned gambling in 2016. It causes life-changing financial losses for millions of people – so this national problem is going to be made far-worse by allowing state governments to operate and advertise sports betting and it's going to be especially harmful for kids."
According to Bernal, sports betting studies from other countries that have legalized this scheme show that kids are repeatedly exposed to harmful messages and advertisements about sports gambling.
"It normalizes gambling for kids," he continues. "Stop predatory gambling is going to continue our fight to improve people's lives with compassion and fairness, (because) if you're looking for a symbol of how our country is on the wrong track, exhibit A is state sanctioned gambling."
The case is Murphy, Governor of New Jersey v. NCAA.