Sports Betting Might Expand Under Trump Administration, Says DC Think Tank
Legalized sports betting might expand over the next four years as President-elect assumes the White House and the Republican Party controls both chambers of Congress.
That’s according to R Street Institute, a public policy think tank in Washington, DC, that largely promotes conservative and libertarian ideas.
R Street believes Trump’s long history in gambling could entice the future 45th president of the United States to back legislation to legalize sports betting on the federal level.
“While not as successful as international casino magnates Steve Wynn or Sheldon Adelson, Trump has no record of moral opposition to gambling as business,” R Street author Steve Titch explains. “There’s no reason to believe that expanding prohibition is on his agenda, or that he would be opposed to greater liberalization, especially if it can create or increase revenue streams for his economic agenda.”
R Street might sound familiar to online gaming observers due to the agency’s Executive Director Andrew Moylan. During the first hearing of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) in April of 2015, Moylan was one of the lone voices opposed to the anti-online gaming bill.
“RAWA’s potential overreach in failing to exempt intrastate activity is unwise,” Moylan said at the time.