Is the Tide Turning for USA Sports Betting? SBR News Report
While there is a betting shop on just about every corner in the UK, the United States offers few options for American punters to place a wager in their backyard, that is unless your backyard is Sin City. The tide may slowly be changing.
In the last week, President Donald Trump and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred have spoken about the possibility of a legal sports betting atmosphere across all 50 US states. While the President gave a pragmatic response about needing to consult with various officials and commissioners, he at least did not outright dismiss the idea. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred essentially made an about-face with his remarks that sports betting is happening out there and that fans do want to take part in a legal and safe manner.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver remains receptive to the idea, famously penning an op-ed for the New York Times speaking of the benefits that a regulated gaming climate would provide.
There is also the fact that cash-strapped states would create jobs and boost their local economies by offering regulated sports betting in the same capacity that Las Vegas does.
Standing in the way are the NFL and College Football leagues especially, not to mention 25-year-old federal legislation the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which limits sports betting nationwide to Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana. Nevada is the single largest beneficiary under PASPA and is the only state to offer unfettered access to all forms of sports wagers.
Stay tuned to Sportsbook Review for our legal updates and coverage, and remember that if you are going to place a bet, make sure it is with a reputable betting site such as one of the companies listed in the best sportsbooks page.