Legal sports betting began in New Hampshire in July of 2019 and is now legal in the state. Likewise, Connecticut, Maryland, and Pennsylvania all legalized sports betting, as did New Hampshire. Other states have recently legalized sports betting, including Mississippi, Iowa, and Ohio. Several others have expressed an interest in the possibility of legalizing betting on sports. Those states are expected to pass legislation allowing sports wagering before the end of this year.
The History of Sports Betting in the United States
Sports betting has a long and complicated history in the United States, with various laws and attitudes shaping the landscape of the industry over time. At the outset, gambling in general was a popular activity in the early days of the country, with horse racing and lotteries being particularly popular forms of betting.
However, as the country developed and expanded, public opinion began to turn against gambling, and laws were passed at the state and federal levels to restrict or outlaw various forms of betting.
The 20th century saw a number of important legal cases and legislative efforts that impacted sports betting in the U.S. One key decision was the 1949 case of United States v. Weber, in which the Supreme Court ruled that federal laws against interstate gambling could apply to sports betting.
This ruling made it difficult for bookmakers to operate across state lines, but did not prevent illegal sports betting from continuing in many areas.
In the 1960s, the U.S. government attempted to address the issue of illegal sports betting by passing the Wire Act of 1961. This law made it illegal to use wire communications to place bets across state lines, effectively cutting off a major avenue for bookmakers to operate.
However, the law did not address in-state sports betting or online sports betting, which would become a major issue in the decades to come.
In 1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was passed, which effectively banned sports betting across most of the country. The law allowed for sports betting to continue in states that already had legal sports betting operations, including Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana.
However, it prevented other states from legalizing sports betting, creating a patchwork of laws and regulations that lasted for more than two decades.
In recent years, there has been a significant shift in public opinion and political attitudes toward sports betting. In 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA as unconstitutional, paving the way for states to legalize sports betting if they so choose. Since then, more than 30 states have passed laws or ballot measures legalizing sports betting in some form, with more expected to follow in the coming years.
With continued public support and a growing number of states embracing legalization, it seems likely that sports betting will continue to evolve and become an increasingly important part of the American gambling landscape.
New Hampshire Legalized Sports Betting in July 2019
New Hampshire legalized sports betting in July 2019, making the state one of 16 states to do so. While sports betting in New Hampshire is regulated by the lottery, its regulations differ from those in other states. In particular, residents must be at least 18 to wager on sports. The lottery owns DraftKings and its two retail sports betting locations. The two retail sports betting locations are in Manchester and Seabrook. The state is currently awaiting the launch of more sports betting locations.
The state is now home to two sportsbooks: DraftKings and Flowtime Casino. New Hampshire residents can now place bets on a variety of sports events, including the NBA Finals and the Super Bowl. Sportsbooks in New Hampshire are optimized for state lottery rules, so the odds are not necessarily those of other online sportsbooks. In addition, there are no online Ufabet casinos in New Hampshire. Sports betting was approved in July 2019 and has been embraced by New Hampshire residents.
Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey Legalized Sports Betting in 2012
In 2012, Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey joined a handful of other states in legalizing sports betting. The Maryland legislature voted 47-0 to legalize the industry and will vote in January on enabling legislation to implement the program. Initially, licensees would have had to pay an application fee of up to $2.5 million and would be required to renew it annually. The Sports Junkies, a popular foursome in local sports talk radio, were asked to be discreet about their burgeoning gambling business.
Until 1992, most states were prohibited from legalizing sports betting, but a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made this possible in Delaware and New Jersey. Maryland was surrounded by other states with legalized sports gambling, so residents of Maryland could simply cross state lines and place a bet. Since Maryland residents live in neighboring states, the law may be a good option for many. In addition, it’s expected to spur competition for sports bettors.
Mississippi Legalized Sports Betting in August 2018
The state of Mississippi legalized sports betting in August 2018. In less than three months after the federal ban was lifted, the state’s first retail sportsbooks opened. Today, there are nearly 30 brick-and-mortar sportsbooks in Mississippi. Mississippians are only allowed to make wagers on sports at licensed casinos. Online sports betting remains illegal in Mississippi. However, Mississippi is preparing to legalize online sports betting.
Though it’s only legalized in August 2018, Mississippi did not make it to the national stage until 2017. Despite this, the state’s law governing the industry remains relatively unchanged from those in neighboring states. Legal sports betting in Mississippi means residents can place bets on a variety of sports, including college football, basketball, and baseball. In addition to local sports, bettors can also bet on teams from around the world.
Ohio Legalized Sports Betting in December 2021
The first steps to legalize sports betting in Ohio are underway. The legislature approved a sports betting bill in December 2021, but lawmakers struggled to agree on the details. Different interests lobbied for and against the legislation, and lawmakers ultimately settled on a two-year, $4.5 million timeline to legalize sports betting. The legalization of sports betting is a win for the entire state, which has no shortage of professional sports teams and a thriving college sports scene.
The Ohio control board has set a launch date of January 1, 2023. The legislation was signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine in December 2021, but it’s unclear when sports betting will actually start in the state. There are a variety of possible launch dates for sportsbooks in the state, and they’ll all have to comply with state and federal regulations. In addition to casinos, raciness and professional sports teams in the state will be allowed to operate retail sportsbooks on their premises.
Minnesota Legalized Sports Betting in 2023
A bill introduced by Senator Julia Coleman will legalize sports betting in Minnesota. If approved, the bill will allow sports betting at racetracks and tribal casinos. Tribes would pay licensing fees to the state and could issue sub-licenses to online gaming operations. Revenues generated by sports betting would be taxed by the state and would go to the general fund, with earmarks for money. The bill could become law in 2023.
If the state approves legal sports betting, the sports wagering bill will look like those in other states. It may allow same-game parlays, live betting, and mobile gambling. Whether or not it allows such gambling is still up in the air, but mobile sports gambling is becoming a popular way to place a wager.