In May 2018, the US Supreme Court ruled that the ban under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was unconstitutional. PASPA was a law that attempted to define the legal status of sports betting in the USA and effectively outlawed sports betting across the country with the exception of a few states.
Where is sports betting legal right now?
When SCOTUS overturned PASPA, the legal status of sports betting in the USA changed dramatically. While not every state has legalized sports betting since this legal ruling, many have, and many more look like they will soon follow suit. To date, there are a total of 33 states, including Washington D.C., where sports betting, in some form, is legal.
14 ON THE WAY TO LEGALIZATION
9 LEGALIZED, BUT NOT ONLINE YET
3 NO MOVEMENT TOWARDS LEGAL SPORTS BETTING
The Next 3 States to Have Operational Legal Sports Betting
Maine: Maine legalized sports betting in August of 2022 but is still a ways away from its citizens being able to place bets. It’s a slow process, but the four federally recognized tribes in Maine will eventually partner with four online sportsbooks. We don’t know yet what those four will be, and our best guess is that they’ll be operational in Maine in mid to late 2023.
Massachusetts: Massachusetts is set to launch live sports betting on January 31st, and projects to have online sportsbooks available sometime in March. BetMGM, Caesars, WynnBET, Barstool Sportsbook, and Fanatics Sportsbook have all been approved for a mobile license. Other applications including DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet are still being reviewed.
Nebraska: Nebraska has legalized in-person betting at approved locations, but no movement on online sports betting. In-person betting should be available by the beginning of 2024
How would LEGAL sports betting benefit you?
The biggest benefit of sports betting legally as opposed to illegally is regulation. You don’t have to place bets with a sketchy bookie who could stiff you without any repercussions. You don’t run the risk of an illegal website disappearing without a word but with your money. It’s ultimately a much safer, risk-free experience.
When legalized and regulated, sports betting is made more transparent, which eliminates the demand for the black market.