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What Are The Next States To Legalize And Launch Legal Sports Betting

Legal sports betting has taken off in the United States since the Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018. At the time of this writing, sports betting is now legal, in some capacity, in 31 states plus Washington, D.C. With over $1.8 billion in revenue created across the states that have legalized the once-banned activity, it’s no wonder more states are seeing proposed legislation.

Which states will be legalizing and launching legal sports betting next? Here’s a look at the states with legislation in place as well as those that are likely to see it proposed in the coming months.

States Launching Sports Betting

Ohio

Ohio will be one of the most highly anticipated states to launch legal sports betting when it becomes legal on Jan. 1, 2023. With upwards of 20 online sportsbooks, over a dozen retail sportsbooks, and hundreds of sports betting kiosks all going live at the same time, this is considered to be the largest simultaneous launch in US history.

Between its large population and rich sports history, Ohio is nearly guaranteed to put itself near the top of the list of monthly sports betting wagers as early as its first live month.

Massachusetts

In somewhat of a surprise, a law in favor of Massachusetts sports betting was passed on the very last day of the state’s legislative session.

It seemed as though sports fans in the Bay State were going to have to wait for at least another year after lawmakers couldn’t come to agreement in the days leading up to the end of Massachusetts’ legislative session. The two main disagreements were concerning the proposed tax rates and whether or not to allow college sports betting.

In the end, sports betting will be limited to out-of-state college teams and the tax rate will be 15% for in-person betting and 20% for online sportsbooks. There is one circumstance that allows those in Massachusetts to wager on in-state colleges, and that is when teams are involved in tournaments.

Retail wagering is likely to launch in January 2023 with mobile betting starting a few months later.

Maine

Although Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill legalizing sports betting in Maine in early May 2022, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that it will be up and running anytime soon. In fact, some industry estimates don’t see Maine going live with sports betting until 2024.

States Expanding Sports Betting

Maryland

The Old Line State has had legal sports betting since December 2021 but only at retail sportsbooks, meaning bettors had to visit a brick-and-mortar location to place their wagers.

That will change in the coming weeks, however, as the necessary legislative requirements have finally been met to launch online sportsbooks. The delay in mobile sports betting was due to how Maryland’s legislation was written, requiring minorities and women-owned businesses to be given every opportunity in the application process.

At full maturity, there could be up to 60 mobile sportsbooks available for Maryland bettors.

States That Could Introduce Legislation in 2023

With the majority of US states offering some form of legal sports betting and states now missing out on millions of dollars in revenue, we should see more states introduce legislation in the coming year.

Texas will be a huge market to watch, as it ranks only behind California in population. After seeing New York rack up $470 million in revenue in under a year, the Lone Star State should push for legalizing the popular activity.

Missouri has failed to pass sports betting legislation in consecutive years. Will the third time be the charm?

With Ohio launching sports betting on New Year’s Day, Kentucky will quite literally be surrounded by states with legal wagering in place. Legislation made it further than it had ever before in 2022 before failing to be advanced for a final vote.

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