What are the next states in line for opening up sports betting

Since 2018, individual states have been passing legislation making sports betting legal. Some states have chosen to legalize only in-person betting, while others have made it more accessible and legalized online betting alongside retail betting. The 2022 Super Bowl was one of the most bet on sports events in the country’s history, generating tons of income for the states that have legalized betting.

The remaining states have realized how much revenue there is to be generated from sports betting. This year, we expect most of the remaining states to put forward their own bills to legalize sports betting. This article will go over the current state of sports betting in the country and which states are likely to move forward with legalization in 2022.

2022 sports betting bills

California is the biggest state with a sports betting bill on the ballot in 2022. In fact, it has two. One would legalize in-person betting at Native American casinos and the other would legalize online sports betting.

North Carolina currently allows in-person betting, but the state legislature is drafting a bill to legalize online sports betting. SB 688 has already passed in the North Carolina Senate and is now being examined by the House. There is a lot of positive momentum surrounding passing this legislation, especially since the opening of in-person sports betting has gone so smoothly in the state.

States with legal sports betting

Since 2018, the rush to capitalize on the potential income from sports betting has resulted in most states passing some form of legalization. In fact, there are only 19 states that haven’t legalized sports betting yet. Some of these states, including California, are on the verge of changing those laws. If the trend continues, by next year, we will probably see only 10 to 15 states without legal sports betting.

The climate for sports betting legislation

These are difficult times economically for many people, with rising inflation, stagnating salaries and an approaching recession. Pandering to corporate interests has resulted in lower tax rates for the wealthiest individuals and for businesses, strangling state and federal budgets.

Even with any potential moral or social objections to sports betting, more government representatives are warming to sports betting as a way to claw back some revenue.

Besides the political and economic element, there is wider support for legalizing sports betting because of how much people love sports and how much we could all use a distraction at the moment. Events such as the big Formula 1 races or the NBA playoffs bring people together and betting can enhance that experience.

States with legal mobile and in-person betting

Allowing both mobile and in-person betting is the most common type of legalization that we are seeing, though in some cases, there are limits placed on mobile betting.

Illinois allows both online betting through one of their licensed sportsbooks or in-person sports betting at any of the 15 casinos in the state. Betting online is particularly popular thanks to the bonuses available to Illinois bettors.

Washington is one of the states that has specific limits on mobile betting. While both in-person and mobile sports betting are legal, both can also only be done on tribal lands. These laws were passed in 2021, so it is possible that they may change in the coming years.

The other states that allow both online and in-person betting are Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Louisiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

States with legal mobile betting

Only three states only allow online betting. This shows that even though many people prefer to bet online, a hybrid approach is still the most convenient. These three states are Virginia, Tennessee and Wyoming. It seems unlikely that these states will embrace in-person betting since they haven’t already.

States with legal in-person (retail) betting

Montana, South Dakota, New Mexico, Mississippi, North Carolina, Maryland and Delaware all only allow in-person betting. As we mentioned above, North Carolina is on the verge of changing that. Mississippi also seems to be a good candidate to make the move to both online and in-person betting due to its proximity to Louisiana.

States with pending legalization

Nebraska and Ohio have both passed bills legalizing sports betting but neither have opened up any sportsbooks just yet. With some other states, we have seen delays ranging from several months to nearly a year before betting actually opened, so we will have to wait and see how long it will take for these states.

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