How Long Will It Be Before Other States Legalize Sports Gambling?
Sports betting is really the last taboo when it comes to gambling. Casinos are popping up all across the US, and the gambling opposition groups seem to be shrinking by the day. Sports gambling, however, still remains a delicate issue.
The state of Delaware may have opened the sports betting door for the rest of the country. With their legalization of sports betting in recent weeks, the question must now be answered. How long will it take lawmakers in other states to catch on to the idea.
With casinos, there was a domino effect. On the East Coast, it used to be only Atlantic City had casinos. That has all changed now. Pennsylvania has expanded their casino options, so has New York. With every state that legalizes casinos, the neighboring states almost immediately follow.
"Now that Delaware has legalized sports betting, I would predict that within the next ten years we see the same in five to ten more East Coast states," said observer Jennifer Walsh, "and California certainly could be eyeing sports betting."
Walsh's reference to California comes at a time when the state is making a push to overcome Nevada as the gambling capital of the West Coast. In order to achieve that goal, they will have to at some time in the future discuss sports betting.
The NFL and NCAA are both unhappy with the decision of Delaware. They have threatened lawsuits to stop the state from allowing the sports gambling. The more likely scenario is that sports betting will grow.
Lawmakers are constantly watching what other states do to increase revenue for budget help. If the Delaware sports betting laws work, other states will scramble to increase their revenue as well.
These type of movements rarely go backwards, instead they progress. Years from now, it will be a wonder why sports gambling was ever illegal, and that way of thinking could come sooner, rather than later.
June 8, 2009
Posted By Terry Goodwin
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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