Legal Sports Wagering May Come To All America Soon

Published Monday, October 30, 2017 -
Legal Sports Wagering May Come To All America Soon

The USA has been at the centre of many problems related to legal online betting with a miss mash of regulations and a huge number of jurisdictions it is hard to find something good to say about the situation surrounding the future of online gambling in America.

The sports betting argument is the most controversial of the many revolving around gambling in general in the United States. Sports betting is illegal in any shape except for a very few jurisdictions such as Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana. New Jersey has been challenging the old laws and the state’s oral arguments will be heard by the Supreme Court on December 4th of this year. One group standing firm for a change in the laws is the American Sports Betting Coalition which ‘brings together leaders in law enforcement, business, and organizations representing elected officials to advocate for a repeal of PASPA and give both states and tribal sovereign governments the ability to decide the question of legalization.’

The organization has declared the Federal Sports Betting Ban a failure sating that Americans wagered more than $15 billion on Super Bowl 51 and March Madness  97% of the wagers were placed illegally. This football season, $58 billion in unlawful wagers will be placed on NFL and college football games. The argument is strong to bring the courts to realize the problem is another story. The huge number of bets being made without a legal framework or regulatory oversight, consumer protections or taxes coming back to fund local projects should be enough to convince the judge of a need for change.

Adam Silver the National Basketball League Commissioner said to the New York Times back in 2015,
“Congress should adopt a federal framework that allows states to authorize betting on professional sports, subject to strict regulatory requirements and technological safeguards…sports betting should be brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated.”

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