Has A Congressional Push To Legalize Sports Gambling Nationally Started?

Right now only four states can legally offer sports gambling.


Whether the National Football League decision makers like it or not, eventually there will be a loosening of sports gambling laws around the United States. A Congressional Committee has come up with a draft called the Gaming Accountability and Modernization Enhancement Act which would do away with the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that limits various forms of sports gambling to just four states. But there have been challenges to the federal legislation with Delaware and New Jersey attempting to start sports books but both states lost court cases. States though see gambling as a way to raise much needed revenue. It is anticipated that Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will be exploring whether those states can pull off some form of legalized sports betting. Around the world, there is legalized gambling.


New Jersey has been pushing for a sports book since 2011 when voters said yes to gambling on sports events at state sponsored sports books. The National Football League immediately sued and a court found that the New Jersey proposal ran afoul of the 1992 federal ban. The only states that can legally have sports gambling are Nevada, which has a full sports book, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. Sports betting has been on the rise with the introduction of fantasy sports which really is gambling although sports organizations have partnerships with companies providing the services. The leagues call it action games of skill instead of betting. The New Jersey battle goes on but NFL owners are now backed into a corner. The NFL owners have looked the other way in London, England where the league is trying to establish a fan base in a city loaded with legalized sports betting parlors and are in Las Vegas where Mark Davis’s Raiders set up shop in 2020. The NFL’s anti-gambling and game integrity argument seems rather hollow.


Super Bowl

Las Vegas has an NHL team and will have an NFL team even though there are sports books in Nevada