Gambling Under Attack

September 6, 1996 • Volume 6, Issue 33
How serious is the current backlash?
By Richard L. Worsnop


Americans love to moralize about gambling - almost as much as they love to gamble. Last year, the U.S. gaming industry posted record revenues of more than $44 billion. At the same time, though, more than 30 statewide efforts to legalize various forms of gambling were being rejected, often by whopping margins. Opponents contend the setbacks reflect a growing nationwide backlash against legalized gambling. But gaming analysts see exciting growth possibilities ahead, including airliner-based gambling and at-home wagering via telephone, interactive television or the Internet. Meanwhile, a recently approved federal gaming study will attempt to paint a clearer picture of the industry's impact on U.S. society - and the role gaming may play in the future.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Gambling and Lotteries
Oct. 28, 2016  Betting on Sports
Jun. 15, 2012  Gambling in America
Mar. 07, 2003  Gambling in America
Sep. 06, 1996  Gambling Under Attack
Mar. 18, 1994  Gambling Boom
Nov. 09, 1990  Lucrative Lure of Lotteries and Gambling
Feb. 27, 1987  State Lotteries
Sep. 28, 1979  Gambling's New Respectability
Mar. 08, 1972  Gambling in America
May 25, 1960  Betting: Legal and Illegal
Dec. 14, 1951  Gambling Controls
May 21, 1942  Government Lotteries
May 04, 1934  Lotteries for Public Revenue
Internet and Social Media
Sports and Recreation