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More Saints fans want ban lifted on sports betting

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) dives over the pile for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. A new survey shows 51 percent of Saints’ fans polled support dropping the ban on sports betting and 17 percent oppose lifting the ban.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) dives over the pile for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. A new survey shows 51 percent of Saints’ fans polled support dropping the ban on sports betting and 17 percent oppose lifting the ban. AP

A new survey shows 51 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 the state.

The Morning Consult poll was released following last week’s NFL owners’ meeting in Phoenix. Other results:

▪  56 percent say regulating and taxing sports betting would generate revenue for education and public-safety programs

▪  42 percent say they would be more likely to watch a game if they’d placed a bet on it

▪  32 percent don’t know or don’t have an opinion

▪  17 percent said they would not support legalizing sports betting

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 bans sports betting in all states except Nevada. Already this year, Americans bet an estimated $4.7 billion on the Super Bowl and more than $10 billion on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, most of it illegally.

“Saints fans overwhelmingly recognize the federal ban on sports betting has failed,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. With the grass-roots support of fans across the country, he said the campaign to lift the ban is gaining momentum.

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