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Reproduced from American Gaming Association; Cartogram: Axios Visuals

2020 was poised to be a big year for sports betting. Some of that momentum was lost due to the shutdown, but the industry is still surging ahead — and holding out hope for a massive fall.

The state of play: Sports betting is now legal and fully operational in 18 states, plus Washington, D.C.

  • Another four states — Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Washington — have passed bills legalizing it this year, but are not yet operational.

Driving the news: William Hill opened a temporary sportsbook at Washington, D.C.'s Capital One Arena last Friday, making it the first pro sports stadium or arena in the country with a full-service sports betting operation.

  • A permanent sportsbook is being built inside the arena, but with construction delayed, the ticket box office area was converted into a temporary site.

Where it stands:

  • Legal (18 states plus D.C.): Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Washington, D.C.
  • Passed bill (4 states): North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington.
  • Active bill (9 states): , Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont.
  • Failed legislation in 2020 (12 states): Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Wyoming
  • No legislation in 2020 (7 states): Idaho, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin

Go deeper: The NFL's slow embrace of sports betting

Go deeper

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 13, 2020 - Sports

Overtime: A new approach to sports for a new generation

Endless articles have examined how young sports fans consume content. But here's the real question we ought to be asking: What content do they consume?

Driving the news: Young sports fans don't follow sports the way their parents did. And that change in fandom gets more extreme with each generation.

Trump wins North Carolina

Trump campaigning in North Carolina. Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images

President Trump has won North Carolina, an important swing state in the race for the White House, AP projects.

The big picture: The call comes a week and a half after Election Day. North Carolina carries 15 electoral votes, giving Trump a total of 232 as of Friday. He won North Carolina by 3.6% in 2016. Sen. Thom Tillis (R) won re-election against Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, AP projected earlier this week.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns

Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty

Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the White House coronavirus task force, handed in his resignation on Monday, according to three administration officials who discussed Atlas' resignation with Axios.

Why it matters: President Trump brought in Atlas as a counterpoint to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, whose warnings about the pandemic were dismissed by the Trump administration. With Trump now fixated on election fraud conspiracy theories, Atlas' detail comes to a natural end.

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