The followings are the final part of historical milestones of online sports betting in the USA.
1992: U.S. Passed Professional &Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which was launched in 1992, has so far been the biggest blow to the U.S. sports betting. The PASPA made it illegal to bet on both professional and amateur sports.
However, there were some exceptions in certain states. All gambling was still permitted in Nevada. Some kinds of betting on jai alai, dog racing, and special sports lotteries still operated in Delaware, Oregon, and Montana.
1996: First Online Sports Bet
The biggest modern sports betting event happened as Jukka Honkavaara spent $50 on betting at Austrian-based sportsbook Intertops. The first-ever online sports betting wager gave U.S. gamblers a way to sidestep the entire brick and mortar sportsbook system via betting online. It forms a foundation for a multi-billion-dollar global industry.
2006: Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA)
The U.S. government passed the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in 2006, which was a big bump for sportsbook and online casinos servicing Americans. Although the act did not ban the betting for U.S. citizens, it made it illegal to accept any payments on behalf of an illegal online casino or sportsbook operating in the country.
The act did not entirely prevent offshore sports betting sites from accepting U.S. players; however, it caused many reputable websites to withdraw out of America.
2018: Murphy vs. NCAA
The landmark case between New Jersey and the NCAA has changed the outlook of sports gambling in America. This was the biggest thing to happen to sports betting in the country in the last century.
Accordingly, the U.S. Supreme Court supported New Jersey’s proposal saying that each state can regulate sports betting within its jurisdiction.
In the next months, many states such as New Jersey, West Virginia, Mississippi, and New Mexico accepted legal sports bets in land-based casinos and online.
2020: State by State Betting Legalized
Many states have been preparing for the legalization of sports gambling, except for Utah. After sports betting is legalized, the next step is to approve sports betting online and mobile application betting.