U.S. California Fails to Legalize Sports Betting-Waiting until 2022

The U.S. state of California has failed to legalize sports betting due to the massive opposition from the Native American gaming tribes.

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Accordingly, California’s state earlier proposed a bill to amend the constitution and permit the sports betting. The proposal was backed by several U.S. leagues such as the National Basketball Association, the Major League Baseball, and the National Football League.

However, the bill’s supporters had to withdraw the measure after tribal leaders run into fierce opposition. Such people were pushing a much limited version of betting and wanted to restrict activities to brick-and-mortar casinos and, among others, excluding online and mobile activities.

The sports betting measure is expected to revive in 2022. However, until that time, the expansion of the legal sports betting in the United States will be tightened without the inclusion of California with about 40 million residents.

Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to make their regulations on sports betting. Until now, 18 states have permitted some forms of such activity.

They are Nevada, Illinois, Oregon, New Jersey, Mississippi, New Mexico, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Arkansas, New York, Iowa, Indiana, New Hampshire, Michigan, Montana, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.

Like California, the 23 other states are waiting for voters to approve the laws on permitting the sports betting. They included Arizona, Alaska, Alabama, Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Louisiana, South Ohio, Hawaii, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Florida, and Wyoming.

According to a report released by PlayCA.com analyst Dustin Gouker last month, California is considered a holy grail of sport betting markets. If being legalized, the sports betting could bring over $30 billion in annual wages, $2 billion in revenue for the operators, and $300 million for the state budget.

48 U.S. States Legalizes, to Allow Sports Betting So Far

After the Supreme Court of the United States lifted the federal prohibit on sports betting on May 14, 2018, all states in the country are free to make their decisions whether they pass the legislation to legalize sports betting or not. Most of states have agreed with the allowance on sports betting. Until now, as many as 48 states have legalized or are scheduled to allow this activity.

Since the ruling, 18 states have legalized sports betting within their borders. They are Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Arkansas, New York, Iowa, Oregon, Indiana, New Hampshire, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, and Colorado.

Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., Tennessee, North Carolina, Washington, Virginia, Oklahoma, have signed a bill to pass the law on making sport betting legal. However, they are pending a launch date. Notably, having a launch date permit states to ensure all rulesare established and casinos are ready to go.

There are 24 states that still have to wait for the implementation of the laws on permitting the sports betting. They included Maine, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, South Carolina, California, Ohio, North Dakota, Arizona, Hawaii, South Dakota, Texas, Georgia, Vermont, Alabama, Florida, Alaska, Wyoming, and Nebraska.

Until now, Idaho and Wisconsin have become the only states to have still prohibited full-blown sports betting. However, such laws would need to be adjusted or amended before full-scale sports wagering would be allowed. The two states have yet to announce any public bills devoted to the sports betting legalization.

Unlikely other states, the Utah government has writen the anti-gambling stance into the state’s constitution for decades. It has banned any forms of gambling, including table games and sports betting and even lottery tickets. Therefore, it would be a massive departure if the authority had made any change to this existing state policy.