In the United States there are currently several proposed changes to the law which may not affect sports betting. For example the NCAA is looking into having college bowl games moved to a location which has more gambling and adult entertainment venues. If this bill becomes a reality, it will open up all kinds of new legal opportunities for those who wish to wager on college games. Interestingly enough, this bill comes as Congress debates another bill which could have a huge impact on online gaming. This bill, House Bill 1312, has already passed the Senate but is still going through the House, and is currently facing a possible override vote in the House. You’ll want to keep an eye on this one if you’re betting on college football or other major sports.
Some state legislatures are trying to increase restrictions on sports betting. For example in Tennessee, politicians are looking to ban sports betting from being conducted at casinos. This would make Tennessee the first state to ban casino gambling. However, some of the proposed legislation targets other forms of gambling, including online gaming and high stakes poker gambling.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association, or the NCAA, is the largest and most powerful collegiate athletic league in the country. It has the potential to impact sports betting in many different ways, if the NCAA decides to put its entire athletic tournament system under the control of a single gambling conglomerate. If the NCAA were to do this, it would open up a tremendous market opportunity for gambling companies nationwide. It is still possible that the NCAA will not move their entire tournament structure to gambling only, but it is likely that the remaining college games will be subject to some degree of regulation.
Two upcoming events which are drawing strong support from major sports betting companies and the government are the NCAA basketball tournament and the World Series of Poker. In mid-July, it was reported that the NCAA was set to expand the current playoff format. The new playoff structure will feature four “conferences” instead of the traditional three. Conferences A-F will consist of four teams each comprised of four players with each team playing every other team in its conference two times. Conferences C-J will consist of four teams each consisting of one team playing every other team once.
Two other events which are drawing strong support from both the gaming and sports betting industries, but which may not become immediate legal precedents, are the London Olympics and the Winter Olympics. In early August, a bill was introduced in the State House, which is co-sponsored by Representative Chip Morris to legalize sports gambling at the Olympic Games. The proposed legislation would allow casinos and gaming companies to participate in the games, but only within certain designated areas around the UK. Lawmakers hope that the implementation of these laws will increase tourism in the area, generate additional tax revenue, and attract new business to the area. Although this particular proposal may not become law anytime soon, the debate is still an important part of the ongoing conflict between the government and the opposition.
An interesting new development which may become applicable in the future is the introduction of sports betting into the classrooms. For many years, educators in schools have been prohibited from integrating sports betting into their lessons. However, in recent years the New Jersey State Legislature has voted to remove this ban, and currently state law allows educators to use sports betting software to conduct lesson plans related to sports betting. This means that for the first time, high school and college students in the New Jersey State Schools will be allowed to learn and practice sports betting from home. This exciting development has created many students interested in this exciting sport and is only a small step in the direction of equality in sports betting rights.
There are many other legal sports betting laws which have been implemented over the past few years including the implementation of professional sport betting into various high schools and colleges in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan areas. Other states, such as North Carolina, have also legalized sports betting, though it is not considered legalized in this state. Other states, such as Oregon and Colorado, are reviewing potential changes to their laws which could soon make sports betting legal in these states.
Because the political atmosphere in Washington D.C. is somewhat unpredictable, it is unlikely that the sports betting bill will become a law anytime soon. However, even if it did become a law, there is no guarantee that it would be beneficial to anyone. It is possible that the legislature may simply introduce the bill and then take it to vote, which is much like the process used by the House and Senate when considering bills.