Proposals have been made to legalize an off-track betting teletrack theater in Hampden County, Massachusetts. A telephone survey of a systematic sample of 200 respondents in the town of Holyoke was conducted in order to assess the perceived impacts of such gambling activity in this location. The findings show little consensus as to the positive impacts, but much greater agreement over the negative impacts that a teletrack theater would have in the respondents' town.
The major factor in predicting respondents' attitudes toward legalization was found to be their perception of the impact a teletrack theater would have on the character of the town. Other major factors were the perception of impact on the moral character of the town, the perceived impact on the traffic conditions on roads leading to the town, the impact of the teletrack theater on the number of jobs for local residents, and the number of adults in the respondents' household.
Pizam, Abraham; Pope, Dick; and Milman, Andy
"Off-track Betting and Its Impacts on a Rural Community,"
Visions in Leisure and Business: Vol. 3
, Article 17.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/visions/vol3/iss4/17