The Pros and Cons of Legalizing Sports Betting

April 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Billions of dollars every year are wagered on the outcome of various sporting events, but except for bets made in Las Vegas and a few other states, they’re all illegal. Now, representatives from cash-strapped states and even the NBA commissioner are behind the push to legalize sports betting, which they say will yield economic benefits. But plenty of opponents to the idea remain. NewsHour‘s William Brangham reports and joins us in the studio for a followup.