With 2018 nearly in the books, Gambling News takes a look at which states are on the cusp of introducing their own legal sports betting operations next year.
Legal Sports Betting Sites in the U.S. in 2019
On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) struck down the federal blanket bank on spots betting known as The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 or PASPA for short.
The move was spearheaded by New Jersey, which reportedly accumulated $8 million in legal costs to challenge the law and open the sluice gates for betting across the U.S. and legalizing the activity in several states already:
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
Now, many more are coming in 2019. We take a list at the legal sports betting in the U.S. next year.
Arkansas has been given a clear go-ahead on sports betting and the state will be adopting the activity in 2019, after voters threw their support during the midterms in November. The state’s legalization was backed by an initiative known as Driving Arkansas Forward, which is sponsored by casino and gambling operators.
With the idea gaining popular support, the state’s regulatory body, the Arkansas Racing Commission, will have to draft and forward a bill which will then be signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. As far as the legal preparations go, sports betting must arrive sooner than June 1, 2019.
District of Columbia
The District of Columbia was one of the laggards of the sports betting world, passing a vote in favor of the activity only in December. For the industry in the jurisdiction to shape up in full, the mayor will need to ink his own approval and start the cogwheels of the industry. Sources indicated that sports betting should be up and running by Washington Nationals’ time.
Michigan’s sports betting bill was another split-second decision with the efforts to push through a bill growing, but no actual solution available. And then, the state’s lawmakers managed to press forward with a sports betting bill in the wee hours of the morning and pitching their proposal to the state’s Governor Rick Snyder. Snyder, however, responded quickly by vetoing gambling bills and returning the draft back for discussion.
Connecticut had some partial laws on online gambling since 2017. However, none of those have been put into force and the landscape remains complicated. With tribal casinos running, sports betting is an even more divisive topic, although the segment seems to enjoy the support of residents and businesses eager to gain a foothold.
With no significant progress made in 2018, however, Connecticut will continue to debate the matter. There’s also the matter of preserving the relations with the tribal operators (Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot) while advancing more competition.
New York has had a lingering piece of legislation since 2013 but no progress has been made ever since. The state does have several casinos which run at full blast and in 2018, a handful of sports betting bills tried to clear both chambers but none really succeeded. New York is on track to try again in 2019. In all this mess, DFS has got a sort of a pardon, benefitting from the perpetual loophole that Daily Fantasy Spots are in.
Even though sports betting is legal, the activity is not going to be adopted across every single state in the U.S. According to a research by H2, an intelligence company, only 20 states will have the activity legalized and running by 2030, although the U.S. market will be the world’s second largest behind China.