Sports betting isn’t a game. D.C. shouldn’t grant a monopoly. By Christian Genetski and Griffin Finan, The Washington Post July 9, 2019 at 3:01 pm Months ago, the D.C. Council wisely moved ahead to consider legalizing sports betting. Since the Supreme Court declared the ban on a state’s right to authorize sports betting to be unconstitutional, states across the country have been racing to take advantage of the revenue opportunity sports betting presents and to eliminate — via legalization and regulation — the predatory, illegal, offshore market that has grown to more than $150 billion a year. Eighteen states have legalized sports betting; those up and running have demonstrated sports betting can be safely regulated, with proper age restrictions, advanced consumer protections and compulsive gambling safeguards, while bringing in revenue to fund local priorities.