In the United States, up to 29 states are reportedly looking to take advantage of the recent ruling by the nation’s highest court that invalidated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) by initiating some form of legalized sportsbetting within the next five years.
According to a report from BusinessInsider.com citing a previous investigation by American boutique research firm Eilers and Krejcik Gaming, eleven states including Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia could be ready to pass legislation legalizing sportsbetting for their residents within the next two years while a further 18 such as the behemoths of California, New York and Illinois may follow suit by the end of 2023.
The financial news website reported that these would join the already exclusive club of Nevada, Montana, Delaware and Oregon, which were controversially grandfathered into the now-quashed 1992 legislation, in being able to pass local legislation legalizing sportsbetting.
BusinessInsider.com reported that New Jersey, which was responsible for the lawsuit that ultimately led to the demise of PASPA, is also one of the states that may legalize sportsbetting within the next two years as are Massachusetts, Connecticut, West Virginia, Mississippi, Colorado, Indiana and Michigan.
The domain additionally reported that Washington, Maryland, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, North Dakota, Maine, Vermont, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, North Carolina and Kentucky are among those that could pass legislation legalizing sportsbetting over the course of the next five years.
However, BusinessInsider.com reported that the research moreover indicated that sportsbetting aficionados in 17 states including Texas, Florida, Minnesota and Georgia may have to wait a bit longer for their local legislatures to ratify legislation that would allow them to place sports wagers.