States With Legal Sports Betting
All in all, sports betting increases viewership, engagement, and the value of advertising on television and digital streaming. Even the NFL now permits team-sportsbook partnerships, and the first came in June 2020 when the Broncos teamed up with FanDuel and Betfred. In other words, brand new revenue streams have opened and existing ones will get buttressed. Massachusetts – Lawmakers in Massachusetts continue to make progress in getting a bill passed to legalize sports betting, but they have yet to reach the finish line. In March 2021 there was finally a breakthrough and it seems likely the two tribes will have a duopoly, with Foxwoods now partnered with DraftKings and FanDuel with Mohegan Sun.
This along with being able to bet on your phone no matter you location make using international sportsbooks a little better overall. November 1, 2020, marked the day that sports betting launched in Tennessee. Their laws only allow for state-wide online and mobile sports betting, though – the first state to launch regulated sportsbooks without any ties to a casino.
Congress reduced taxes on sportsbooks even further, resulting in a boom across Nevada. Although online gambling is legal, Delaware does not yet allow online sports betting. Players must visit one of the three physical casinos in the state to wager on a sports match or team. After the Supreme Court struck down PASPA in 2018, the state was quick to regulate sports betting. The first retail sportsbooks opened up land-based casinos throughout WV. Oddly enough, online casinos wouldn’t follow in their footsteps until 2020.
Mobile (not PC/Mac) wagers can be placed from anywhere in the state where the affiliated sportsbook is located, but not beyond. Savvy bettors may want to signup for multiple apps, as that will allow them to “shop around” for the best odds. To get started, players are encouraged to download their desired Android or iOS powered app ahead of registration.
No bills have been passed, but Native American tribes have interpreted that sportsbooks are legal at tribal casinos under existing state-tribal gaming compacts. There are only a handful of retail sportsbooks spread across the state and it appears the first state to take a bet without an act of the legislature or voters will continue to do so. The initial retail sports betting legislation was passed as a corollary to a fantasy sports bill at a time when the federal ban appeared it would not be lifted.
Fortunately for sports bettors in Virginia, that happened by way of House Bill 4 passing. A bill has been introduced in 2021 that would expand the number of retail sportsbooks and would give them the opportunity of accepting live wagers. By signing Bill HB480 into law, Gov. Sununu gave the New Hampshire Lottery control over the local betting industry. The Illinois Gaming Commission continues to accept sportsbook applications and they are vetting through other potential operators now. DraftKings has launched, and so has FanDuel and PointsBet by partnering with retail casinos. BetRivers was the first to launch since they are tethered to Rivers Casino Des Plaines.