In the United States, several major states appear to be on the verge of legalizing sports betting in 2023. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
As the clock strikes a new year, it brings with it new hope for sports betting supporters in the United States. Since the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018, states have fallen like dominoes in legalizing the lucrative sector. Now, there are a total of 33 jurisdictions that offer betting in some form.
New York is quickly becoming the biggest betting dog
2022 has seen some highly sought after countries added to the mix. When the online betting market kicked off in January, New York quickly became the biggest betting dog, making $1.63 billion in just its first month. Meanwhile, based on the unique hardware used for betting apps and taking into account the percentage of the population, Kansas even surpassed its New York debut when it launched in September.
Although betting on the support of lawmakers has had success here, they have proven less fortunate elsewhere this year — the states of California, Minnesota and Georgia where the bills failed. Whatever the case, the legislators who tried and failed will return with renewed vigor in 2023, and several major states appear to be on the verge of a legal bet this time around.
This year marked a turbulent period for California betting hopes. Two opposing betting proposals reached the ballot in November and both failed to gain voter support. Even a coalition of commercial operators, including FanDuel and DraftKings, began pulling its expensive ads early on as polls projected a loss.
talk with VegasSlotsOnline news Prior to the vote, Kathy Fairbanks of No on Proposition 27 alleged that her team’s proposal, one that only allows personal betting in tribal casinos, was Best deal for the state. Voters clearly agreed, with the tribal initiative receiving a 33% yes vote compared to the business pillar’s 18% approval.
Voters do not want a massive expansion of online sports betting.”
when VSO News Reaching out to Fairbanks again about hopes for 2023, she shared a quote from Mark Macaro, tribal chief of the Pechanga Band of Indians. He said the rejection of the commercial betting proposal indicated that “electors do not want a massive expansion of online sports betting.” However, he stopped short of providing any indication of whether the tribes would attempt legalization again in 2023, only confirming that they would meet to discuss the future soon.
Regardless, 2024 is technically the earliest that California sports betting could launch if a deal is reached in 2023. Obviously, backers of the bet need to win some hearts and minds before they can hit that target, but with A potential market of up to $3 billion per year is at stake, they’ll no doubt continue to put their best foot forward.
Bet on a lone star
With a population of nearly 30 million, Texas has long been a desirable market for commercial betting operators. The conservative nature of the state made that goal difficult to achieve, but lawmakers continue to push for expanded gambling and some are pinning high hopes on 2023 as the date for change.
Abbott has turned U on his previous position
An important source of this optimism comes from Texas Governor Greg Abbott. In the past, he has placed himself on the anti-gambling side of the debate, in 2015 declaring that he “wholeheartedly” supported strict gambling laws. However, perhaps in response to his opponent, Governor Beto O’Rourke, who advocated the expansion of gambling as a means of economic gain, Abbott changed his earlier stance.
Prior to his election victory in November, Abbott confirmed that he was open to proposals from the gambling industry for some expansion. While this is unlikely to include large-scale online betting, Abbott may be persuaded to allow betting options at newly approved casino sites across the state.
As a prelude to this happening, Senator Carol Alvarado has previously introduced a new bill in Texas aimed at legalizing sports betting and casinos. If the legislation passes in 2023, it would allow four casino resorts to be built in major cities although it doesn’t provide many details on how sports betting will get in. Lawmakers will debate Alvarado’s bill in the 2023 legislative session in January.
Florida goes to court
Back in 2021, Florida looked poised to become the next state to join the US sports betting market. In fact, the state offered online betting for a short time through the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Hollywood Casino. The sportsbook lasted less than a month when a judge deemed the tribal agreement signed by Governor Ron DeSantis illegal due to its inclusion of online betting, putting the state and the Florida Seminole tribe in a legal limbo.
In August of this year, the bet’s hopes gained new momentum when the Biden administration called for an appeals court to reinstate the deal. The White House’s backing adds even more weight to the bold arguments of DeSantis and the Justice Department — the federal body that greenlit the deal last year.
The arguments seem to be going well for betting backers
Now, Charter sports betting has finally reached the courtroom. Oral arguments for the 2021 deal began Wednesday, with Justices Henderson, Wilkins and Childs of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia assessing the case. to me Sports legal reportThe arguments seem to be going well for the proponents of the bet, but it could be more than two months before a decision is reached.
Daniel Wallack, a sports betting and gambling attorney, shared his take on the betting launch date earlier this week:
Whatever the outcome in the Court of Appeals, it is likely that the losing party will appeal either to a re-hearing or directly to the Supreme Court. However, if the sports betting agreement loses on both counts, Florida won’t be able to put another sports betting measure on the ballot until 2024.