U.S. Sports Betting — Laws, Legal Coverage, Features And More

Sports betting has existed in the U.S. since the country’s founding and despite some black eyes caused by the Black Sox Scandal and more recent incidents, sports betting and sports themselves have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship. Hence the NCAA and major professional sports leagues’ acknowledgements this year that sports betting is indeed good for consumer engagement and for the progression of each respective sport.

On the horizon for sports wagering enthusiasts is a new era for online sports betting, a surge in in-play wagering options and a nationwide expansion of legal sports betting, the status of which you can see here state-by-state. Meanwhile, Las Vegas, Nevada is the sports betting mecca and will remain so. At Sports Handle we deliver betting stories, sports betting news, industry coverage and trends, interviews, podcasts and more. If or when legal sports betting comes to your state, we’ll have you covered on state-licensed sportsbooks and US sports betting sites.

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court (in May 2018) has struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA), a new era of legal sports betting has arrived in the U.S., beginning with Delaware sports bettingNew Jersey sports betting, West Virginia sports betting and Mississippi sports betting. With Pennsylvania sports betting and  New York sports betting (likely) on the very near horizon.

Is sports betting legal in my state?

Hover or tap on any state to see if sports betting is legal, live or up for debate in the region.

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U.S. State Sports Betting Guides

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