As the US election results come in, it’s clear that sports gambling is a favorite with more people
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of headaches, but it has also forced one positive outcome. As states found themselves needed to find new ways to figure out how to cover their budget deficits, they began expediting legislative talk about sports gambling, and several states have now put the question before voters. Based on the initial results, there is definite support across the US for a nationwide legal sports gambling market.
Louisiana sent the question of legalized sports gambling to all of its parishes and 55 of the 64 have said yes. Louisiana has had a particularly rough year, first having to deal with COVID-19 and then having to confront one hurricane after another. Once legislators figure out how to regulate the activity, which might take a couple of years, Louisiana will be able to compete with neighboring Mississippi for gamblers.
Maryland voters had no trouble approving a sports gambling measure, as they agreed to allow the activity by a 2-1 margin. With Virginia, New Jersey and Washington, DC already offering sports gambling, Maryland’s entry can’t come quickly enough if it wants to keep more revenue from heading across its borders.
South Dakota has also said yes, as 58% of the voters (at last count) agreed to allow the state constitution to be amended to allow sports gambling. Soon, sportsbooks will start to appear in the city of Deadwood, as well as on the state’s tribal casinos. If things go according to plan, the first wagers will be able to be placed as of next July.
Nebraska didn’t specifically vote on sports gambling, but voters did agree to allow gambling expansion. They approved a measure that will allow “all games of chance” to be legalized in the state, and many feel that this will also include sports gambling. The framework is now in place, and it’s time for lawmakers to get busy creating the regulations.