Since the demise of the federal ban on state-authorized sports betting 23 months ago, 20 states (plus Washington, D.C.) have joined Nevada in legalizing sports wagering.
Driving the news: Despite the lack of live sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, Colorado is moving ahead as planned, and come May 1, the Centennial State will become the 18th state with a regulated sports betting market.
Legal (17 states): Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia
- Passed bill (4 states plus D.C.): Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, Washington, D.C.
- Active bill (17 states): Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia
- Failed legislation in 2020 (5 states): Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Wyoming
- No legislation in 2020 (7 states): Idaho, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin
The next wave: The sports betting markets in North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington and Washington, D.C. are expected to become operational soon, while Virginia is taking the last steps before finalizing legislation.
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