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Data: Legal Sports Report; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Pennsylvania is one of the top three sports betting states in the nation, trailing behind only New Jersey and Nevada.

Why it matters: Both the state and counties collect tax revenue from sports betting, 34% and 2% respectively.

Driving the news: Pennsylvania generated more than $63 million in sports betting revenue in November, the latest state data available.

  • Since November 2018, players waged $10.9 billion on sports statewide.

Of note: The commonwealth accepts both mobile and in-person sports wagering.

Flashback: Pennsylvania made sports betting legal six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports gambling in May 2018.

  • The state had moved to legalize online betting and fantasy sports as early as 2017, but the issue was held up by the federal court case.

Zoom out: A total of 30 states and Washington, D.C., have live legal sports betting markets, while 18 states and the district allow mobile betting.

  • Pennsylvania is one of the 15 states that allows both.

What's ahead: The next month is set to break more wagering records with the NFL playoffs and college football championships, Axios' Jeff Tracy writes.

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The NFL has an extraordinary grip on America’s media diet

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The NFL has had a banner season in terms of ratings and engagement, thanks in large part to the return of fans to stadiums, a slew of suspenseful games and of course, some off-field drama.

Why it matters: The 2021 viewership spike has quieted concerns regarding 2020's COVID-related decline, while also justifying the $100+ billion in media deals the league signed with its partners in March.

45 million Americans under winter storm watches near New England

Computer model projection showing the winds moving around the powerful East Coast storm on Saturday Jan. 29, 2022. Image: https://earth.nullschool.net

Nearly 45 million Americans are under winter weather alerts and warnings from North Carolina to northeastern Maine Thursday night, as a major winter storm threatens the region.

Why it matters: It is predicted to be the biggest blizzard since 2018 to strike the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow possible in parts of eastern Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.

Judge nixes Gulf of Mexico oil leases in climate-focused ruling

Tug boats prepare to tow the semi-submersible drilling platform Noble Danny Adkins through the Port Aransas Channel into the Gulf of Mexico on December 12, 2020 in Port Aransas, Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday canceled the Biden administration's late 2021 sale of new oil-and-gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why it matters: The ruling that the greenhouse gas emissions analysis by the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was insufficient is a win for green groups that challenged the decision, as they seek to curb fossil fuel production.