Which States Will Legalize Sports Betting First?
You may not know this, but there are actually two kinds of sports betting in the United States. In North Carolina, sports betting has been legalized in two tribal casinos. Ohio will legalize sports betting in 2019 and Arizona will allow it in 2021. So which states will legalize sports betting first? Here are some of them. Read on to learn more. In the United States, the most popular forms of sports betting include over/under bets, proposition bets, and prop bets.
Nebraska legalizes sports betting
Last November, voters in Nebraska passed a bill that legalized sports betting in the state. This was the first such state-level legalization. However, it has been a long road to this point. Now, the state legislature is looking for ways to expand the state’s gambling opportunities. Within the next few years, Nebraska may have a fully-developed sports betting industry. The next step for Nebraska is to pick a casino partner to launch the sports betting industry.
The state of Nebraska is ready to welcome sportsbooks and other gaming companies. Interested brands are eager to access the state’s sports betting market. Many already have consumer databases, including DraftKings and FanDuel. As the first sports betting market in the United States, the state hopes to attract the best brands in the industry. Here are some steps to take once Nebraska legalizes sports betting. And remember, there are many ways to get started.
North Carolina legalizes sports betting at two tribal casinos
In January, the Catawba Nation entered into a controversial tribal-state compact that legalized sports betting at Two Kings Casino and three retail sportsbooks at the state’s other three casinos. The measure also forecasts a third retail sports betting location in the state. The Eastern Band of Cherokee has opposed these moves and disputes their ancestry, but the federal and state governments have consistently sided with the tribe. Two Kings Casino opened for business in July 2021 as a pre-launch, with online sports betting scheduled to follow in July 2022.
Although the details are still being worked out, it is safe to assume that sports betting will eventually expand throughout the state. While two tribal casinos will be the only legal places to play sports betting in North Carolina, a third tribal casino in Asheville is expected to open as soon as 2022. While the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ first sports betting location opened last March, the gambling facility has seen success. Now, politicians in North Carolina are looking to expand the sports betting industry across the state. A bill recently passed the State Senate that would make mobile sports betting legal as well as expand in-person sports gambling in the state.
Ohio legalizes sports betting in 2019
A proposal to legalize sports betting in Ohio has passed the state Senate. The bill would give licenses to 53 sportsbooks to accept bets on college and professional games. The bill would also allow for self-service sports betting kiosks in Ohio’s casinos. The bill will also require a universal start date. The Inter-University Council of Ohio has opposed the bill, saying that it will make it difficult for university athletes to get information on insider betting.
If legalized, sports betting in Ohio could generate a few million dollars to support public education. Some of that money could be used to eliminate pay-to-participate fees in high schools. Some Ohioans have long advocated for fee reductions in other areas, including extracurricular sports. These fees can cost several hundred dollars. Legalizing sports betting in Ohio would allow more children to participate in sports, which will help improve the lives of people living in poverty and those who are on lower incomes.
Arizona legalizes sports betting in 2021
After more than two decades of debating, Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey signs HB 2772 into law, legalizing sports betting in the state. This bill passes the state senate by a vote of 23-6. But the bill does not include an online betting option, and various groups voiced concerns about certain aspects of the bill. A final vote isn’t expected until 2021.
If the state legalizes sports betting, it will likely make Arizona sports fanatics feel more connected to their favorite teams. This is great news for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who last won the Major Basketball League title in 2001 and will be seeking another championship in the years to come. Similarly, hockey fans can place wagers on their favorite teams, including the Phoenix Coyotes. If the Arizona Coyotes make the playoffs in 2020, this could mean a new revenue stream for the team.