Governor Matt Bevin says he would not support using sports betting to generate revenue in Kentucky, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the ban on sports gambling was unconstitutional Monday.
The ruling leaves it up to individual states to decide if sports gambling will be legal in its borders. At a community forum in Hopkinsville, Governor Bevin says he would not support using it to generate revenue in the Commonwealth, because it preys on the most vulnerable.
Governor Bevin calls depending on gambling for revenue a “sucker’s bet”.
He says he does support the Supreme Court ruling because the decision should have been a state’s right in the first place and Kentucky was party to the suit brought by New Jersey. The court overturned a federal law banning most states from sports betting and many states could begin to legalize betting on college and professional sports soon, following the ruling.