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Roundup Results: Do you think North Carolina should legalize sports betting?

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning sports gambling. That means that the decision to allow sports betting is in the hands of each state. With this topic in mind, Reach NC Voices asked North Carolinians for their input in our May 17 Reach Roundup newsletter. We posed our Question of the Week: “Do you think North Carolina should legalize sports betting?” Response options included: yes, for all sports; yes, only for professional sports; no; or unsure.

Here is the breakdown of how participants answered our question as well as some of the comments we received.

“Lottery, sportsbetting, what is the difference? “
-Peter from Lenoir, NC

“It would cause more corruption in sports than there is now. Why can’t we just enjoy the sport and not have to make money off of it?”
-Linda from Beaufort County, NC

Interested in participating in Reach NC Voices? You can sign up to share your thoughts on our weekly questions. We’d love to hear from you!

Yasmin Bendaas

Yasmin Bendaas is a Science writer.  A North Carolina native, she received her master’s degree in Science & Medical Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 2013 from Wake Forest University, where she double-minored in journalism and Middle East and South Asia studies. As an undergraduate student, Bendaas gained insight into public health when she interned at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a statewide grantmaker focused on rural health, including access to primary care, diabetes, community-centered prevention, and mental health and substance abuse. 

As a journalist, Bendaas has been funded twice by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for fieldwork in Algeria — first to cover a disappearing indigenous tattoo tradition, and again to look at how climate change affects rural sheepherding practices.