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What States Could Approve Sports Betting in 2022

What States Could Approve Sports Betting in 2022

The sports betting industry had a busy year in 2021, with numerous states establishing a market. More states will take the initiative to legalize sports betting within their borders as numerous state legislators are set to adjourn soon.

Florida Was Close, But the Operation Didn’t Last Long 

The sports betting industry had a busy year, with numerous states having record-breaking handles and surpassing all-time highs in revenue, especially in October and November. Eleven states launched some form of sports betting, and six states fully legalized sports betting.

The sports betting industry will likely expand in 2022 as states see the benefits of starting the operation. Sports betting has helped states fund educational scholarships, infrastructure, and many other things that benefited the people living in the state.

Florida was in the process of legalizing sports betting in the state as the Seminole Tribe quietly launched Hard Rock Sportsbook without any media release or updates. The operation was deemed illegal as a judge stated that the gaming compact violated the Indian Gaming Regulation Act.

Sportsbook giants like FanDuel and DraftKings have made a push by contributing to the Florida Education Champions to allow voters to express their opinions of whether or not they want sports betting to enter the state. The sports betting legalization efforts may take until 2023 to gain any traction.

What States Could Join the Sports Betting Industry

California: If California enters the sports betting market, it will be one of the most, if not the most lucrative market in the industry. There could be up to four ballot initiatives on the ballot for 2022, but lawmakers have had little to no success pushing at least two separate bills.

Some tribes in the state may partner with commercial operators to aid the California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Act. BetMGM is one of the reputable sportsbooks supporting the cause.

New York: Nine sportsbooks have already been given licenses. There is no set date for when mobile sports betting will launch; however, the effort is to have everything running before the Super Bowl. 

If everything goes as planned, New York’s sports betting market may outpace New Jersey as New York has lost a plethora of tax dollars due to residents crossing state lines.

Alabama: Alabama is one of the states without a lottery as the Senate approved a constitutional amendment that would help set up a state lottery. It would permit up to nine casino facilities in the state. Sen. Greg Albritton also intends to introduce a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and other sites.

Georgia: Georgia legislators made a final push towards the end of 2021 but were unsuccessful. Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin believes a sports betting market would bring more fan engagement for the professional sports organizations during the pandemic. 

There will most likely be a statewide vote by the 2022 election.

Louisiana: Retail sports betting is currently taking place in Louisiana. The state is pushing to allow the launch of mobile sports betting.

Ohio: Ohio sports betting was legalized in December as Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 29. The operation will have to occur before January 1, 2023, so 2022 will be a big year for the state.

Kansas: DraftKings Sportsbook already gained early access in Kansas with a partnership with BHCMC LLC, a subordinate of Butler National Corporation. 

Both the House and the Senate have supported legalizing sports betting, but they could not decide whether the casinos or state lottery should have control of the industry.

Kentucky: House Rep. Adam Koenig pushed for sports betting but could not gain any traction. Gov. Andy Beshear is also on board as Koenig plans to draft and file a sports betting bill this month.

Maine: The state was closed on numerous occasions as Gov. Janet Mills vetoed the bill in 2019. In 2021, the Senate was concerned that sports betting would mostly be tied to retail casinos. If the state were to get support, 2022 might be the year.

Massachusetts: DraftKings already has a multi-year deal with the Boston Bruins. One of the issues that need to be resolved is whether bettors can place wagers on in-state collegiate sports. 

Some lawmakers also want an open market instead of just some casinos from monopolizing the whole market.

Missouri: Missouri is another state that has been unsuccessful for years. The plan is to introduce more sports betting bills in 2022.

Nebraska: Sports betting is technically legal in the state, but bettors have not been permitted to place any wagers yet. The bill only allows for in-person betting at the moment. 

Bettors are also not allowed to place wagers on in-state collegiate teams, but sports betting is expected to launch in 2022.

Vermont: Efforts to legalize sports betting failed in 2021 as a Senate bill would have permitted mobile sports betting through the Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery. Lawmakers are set to take action in 2022.

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