Legal Us Sports Betting Map 2021
Missouri – Several sports wagering bills have been introduced in either the MO House or MO Senate and many believe the Show-Me State to be next in line. The court found that Governor Stitt did not have the authority to sign these compacts, dooming Oklahoma sports betting before it could even get started. The catch was that the bill had to be passed by the state legislature again in 2020.
On November 3, 2020, voters in South Dakota approved a ballot measure permitting “sports wagering in Deadwood.” Other tribal locations in South Dakota could see the arrival of regulated sports betting too. State lawmakers must now establish a regulatory apparatus and tax rate for legalized sports wagering. Gov. Kristi Noem signed follow-up legislation March 2021, paving the way for legal sports betting to launch in late 2021. March 2021 marked the arrival of legalized sports betting in North Carolina. The launch came after Gov. Roy Cooper signed a 2019 bill to “allow sports and horse race wagering on tribal lands,” with such betting designated as a ‘Class III’ gaming activity under the state compact. The new law permits betting on both college and professional sports, but all bettors must place their wagers in-person at one of two retail locations.
It took just a few months from legalization to first bet, and Indiana has continued its fast start with a well-rounded market. We’re tracking all 50 states (plus Washington D.C.) to see how legalization is progressing, both retail and online. If baseball is your sport, you can bet on one of the two MLB teams in Florida. The Miami Marlins have two World Series wins but have done so with never having won a division title.
Utah’s anti-gambling stance is written into the state’s constitution. Any change to existing state policy toward gambling would be a massive departure from decades of opposition to any form of gambling, including lottery tickets, table games and sports betting. Investors are planning on a lot of approvals, leading to a surge in value for DraftKings and Flutter, the owner of FanDuel. States can tax legalized sports betting and generate revenue from what has historically been an illegal activity. At least 30 states, including neighboring Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York, have authorized gamblers to place legal bets on sports in some fashion since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the nearly nationwide prohibition on sports wagering was unconstitutional in May 2018 and gave states the ability to legalize the activity.
New Jersey was one of the first states to take advantage of the SCOTUS decision in 2018. Soon after the decision, they took the lead in the new wave of sports betting. They have attracted every major sportsbook, and it certainly has to do with their openness to mobile sports betting. Now they are one of the flourishing sports betting locations in the country.
Sports betting in Nebraska has failed to even get a bill on the floor so far. In 2020, despite multiple attempts, a bill was not even able to get past the committee stage. It is not looking promising for Nebraska residents who would like to wager on sports. It seems that Iowa legalizing sports gambling has failed to cause any sense of urgency by legislators in Nebraska as they lose potential tax revenue to their bordering state. Unfortunately for those who would like to bet on sports in Maine, Governor Janet Mills vetoed a sports betting bill in 2020. The Senate was actually able to garner the ⅔ majority needed to overturn the veto; however, the House just could not get the supermajority support.
With the 2021 session in full swing for most states, there are new states that could possibly legalize online sportsbooks this year. These bills could be any number of steps away from potential legalization as there are many hurdles to jump for a bill to become a law. With a handful of states left for the hope of 2021 passage, there is no doubt that well over half of the United States will have legalized the activity of sports betting. The following states have active bills in 2021 to put online sports betting into law. Lawmakers signed off on sports betting in Virginia on July 1, 2020, and launched in January of 2021.