As games tip off today in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, a new poll from The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows about one-third of American occasionally bet on sports with friends or through an office pool. The same poll showed there is less support for betting on college sports.
This year’s March Madness marks the first year that there is legal betting outside the state of Nevada and it seems there also will be betting madness. The American Gaming Association, which supports and promotes the casino gaming industry at the federal and state level, said $8.5 billion will be bet on the NCAA tournament.
Legal sports betting has gone bust in Maryland with the state’s General Assembly not taking up the legislation this session. With two years of failure to get betting across the finish line, the earliest legal wagering could be authorized is 2021, likely in a statewide referendum. Read more in this SBR newswire.
New Jersey, the state whose lawsuit brought the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made sports betting possible across the United States, continues to embrace wagering. According to Garden State gaming officials, more than $320 million was wagered in February, with Super Bowl weekend bolstering the bottom line.
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