ENDORSEMENT: No on Propositions 26 and 27. Legalizing sports betting stacks the odds against Californians

ENDORSEMENT: No on Propositions 26 and 27. Legalizing sports betting stacks the odds against Californians

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  • Los Angeles Times Editorial Board,
September 12, 2022 9:21 PM
  • Los Angeles Times Editorial Board,
  • California
  • Sports Betting

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that states can allow sports betting, legal gambling has exploded across America – leaving some predictable problems in its wake.

Many of the more than 30 states that permit sports betting – including Michigan, Virginia and Connecticut – have seen spikes in demand for services to help people addicted to gambling, often without resources to respond adequately…

If the companies that own betting platforms and the tribes that run casinos have their way, California will be the next state to embrace this foolish scheme. Voters should prevent that from happening by rejecting Proposition 26 and Proposition 27 on the Nov. 8 ballot. These two competing measures would allow sports betting in California, though in different ways, and both would usher in a troubling expansion of gambling.