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Sports Betting in America on 4th Anniversary of PASPA Repeal

Four years ago today, a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court changed the landscape of sports betting.

Sports betting’s evolution in America began when the Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) on May 14, 2018.

While the sports betting market is booming and providing tax revenues to several states, it isn’t legal in all states just yet — sports betting is now legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Gaming Today reports that as of the fourth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to repeal PASPA, 30 states plus the District of Columbia have legal sports betting, including 19 states that have legalized sports betting online and allow licensed commercial operators:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland (launched at retail, not yet online)
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Nevada (had sports betting prior to 2018)
  • Ohio (not yet launched)
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

The outlet reports a total of 40 states, in addition to the District of Columbia, either permit or have introduced legislation legalizing sports betting in some form.

New York, New Jersey, and Nevada, have had at least one month where they handled $1 billion in total sports betting handle.


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Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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