Sports betting in the U.S. has seen continued growth since 2018. That was the year when a long-debated repeal of laws prohibiting states from licensing sports betting was put through.
The eventual cancelling of the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Provision Act (PASPA) made it possible for states to decide their own legal provision for sports betting USA.
Since the ruling sports betting has grown to greater profitability in the States. In 2020, the revenue for sports betting in the USA amounted to 1.55 billion dollars.
What did the judgement mean for individual states?
The PASPA law made it illegal for states or businesses to operate or promote sports betting. Four states were excepted from the law. These include Nevada, home to Las Vegas and one of the most famous gambling destinations in the USA.
The other three exceptions were Montana, Delaware, and Oregon, which were granted permission to continue a limited form of sports lottery.
The 2018 judgement means that states have the power to decide their own standing on sports betting.
It has not made sports betting legal across the country as that would imply a federal decision. Rather, it is the offering of power to individual states to enact their own laws surrounding the sports betting industry.
The ruling has made it possible for states to legalize and regulate sports betting. It also offers the possibility for them to legalize casino gambling and games of chance.
Which states have legalized sports betting?
Sports betting is now legal in over 30 US states. At present, almost 80% of US states have either legalized sports wagering or are in the process of doing so.
States including Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Washington all have legal and regulated sports betting industries.
The rise in sports betting has been significant, with now over 100 million Americans able to place a wager on sports events where they live.
Online sports betting operations have also seen a remarkable upswing. Financial analysts at Goldman Sachs have made predictions that the online market could reach $39 billion in annual turnover by 2033. This would be up from almost $1 billion today.
Social and Economic benefits of legal sports betting
The benefits of legalizing sports betting have proven to be an attractive draw for states. The popularity of sports wagering means that they can share in the revenue in a well-managed and proportional way.
The sports betting operations of gambling organizations is fully taxable, so states can benefit financially.
The money accursed from taxes placed on sports betting can then be used for other initiatives at state level. This could be used in educational or charitable foundations that coils help local society at every level.
Legalized sports betting also creates a safer environment for gamers to partake in. If sports betting is carried out unlawfully there are greater risks for players. This is true of both online and in-person sports betting.
The legalization of sports betting will also make new jobs across the industry. Venues and gaming operations will require new employees such as oddsmakers, cashiers, and security staff.
The increased number of visitors will also benefit the state itself, with more gamers staying within the state to play rather than travelling interstate to visit
In the case of New York, this has been seen in abundance. NYC sports fans used to travel across to New Jersey, which enjoyed a far more relaxed legislation on sportsbooks than New York.
Since sports betting legalization New York has seen a huge growth in sports betting. This has also had a sizable effect on New Jersey’s market. It has been estimated that upwards of 25% of sports bets in the state are made by New Yorkers.
The future of sports betting
As more and more states decide to legalize sports gambling activity, the big question will be how much of it will be done via mobile devices.
Online sports betting and gambling is now closely linked to mobile use. In states where sports betting is popular, mobile is swiftly becoming the preferred way to do it. This will have huge ramifications for casinos and sports venues, with more gamers choosing to play remotely when and where they choose.
It could well be that digital technology will have the biggest say in the future of sports betting. Sports clubs could form closer links with technology providers to ensure live streaming is received by fans wherever they are in the world. This can then feed into in-game live sports betting.
The rise of sports betting in the US shows no sign of slowing down. As more states legalize sports wagering, fans can enjoy gambling in greater comfort and confidence.
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