May 17, 2021 - Sports

The state of sports betting 3 years after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling

Sports betting handle by state
Data: Legal Sports Report; Table: Sara Wise/Axios

This weekend marked three years since the Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which had prevented states from creating their own sports betting regulations.

Where it stands: 36 months later, 21 states plus Washington, D.C. have legal sports betting operations, led by New Jersey, which has brought in more revenue than even Nevada since the SCOTUS ruling.

By the numbers: Nine states have seen a $1+ billion handle (total amount wagered), including three that didn't legalize until 2020 (Illinois, Colorado and Michigan).

The state(s) of play:

  • In-person and mobile (11 plus D.C.): Nevada, New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Iowa, Oregon, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado.
  • In-person only (7): Delaware, Mississippi, New Mexico, Arkansas, Montana, North Carolina, New York (approved mobile, but hasn't launched).
  • Mobile only (3): New Hampshire, Tennessee, Virginia.
  • Legal, not yet operational (6): Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming.

Of note: The three states missing from the graphic above are Montana (tiny market), New Mexico (doesn't disclose finances) and North Carolina (no betting locations yet).

📆 Coming up ... We'll be covering sports betting in Axios Sports all week. Sign up here, and check back tomorrow for a deep dive into the brick-and-mortar side of the business.

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