Which U.S. States Will be the Next to Introduce Legal Sports Betting?

By  //  March 1, 2020

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Sports betting in the USA is a rapidly moving picture. There are some states where sports betting is now legal, some on the edge of joining them and many more in the final stages of agreeing legislation to begin things.

Sports betting in the USA is a rapidly moving picture. There are some states where sports betting is now legal, some on the edge of joining them and many more in the final stages of agreeing legislation to begin things.

There are a number of states currently resisting the urge to legalise sports betting, but those are becoming fewer by the month. Things have moved rapidly over the past couple of years, when the Supreme Court first started legalising sports betting.

A total of 14 states currently offer legal sports betting in the country, but who will be next to join them? The race is on, and multiple states are expected to make the move before the end of 2020.

Montana, Washington and Tennessee Leading the Race

The three states of Montana, Washington and Tennessee are leading the charge right now. It is one of these three that is likely to be the first state to offer sports betting in 2020.

All three passed acts that would pave the way for sports betting back in May 2019, so the formalities have been completed.

The only thing now required is for the button to be pressed and bookmakers will be allowed to move in and accept bets from customers in the states.

When given the chance to trade and take bets, it is expected that the bookmakers offers will be strong to entice new customers, something we have seen across other states in America.

More than just these three states are expected to offer legal sports betting by the end of 2020, but it is one of these three that is expected to be the first to do it.

Illinois, Colorado and North Carolina Expected to Bet in 2020

Following the three front runners, these three states are the next in line to legalize sports betting. Illinois passed their gambling act in June 2019, while North Carolina followed them a month later in July and Colorado passed theirs in November.

Although Colorado came a few months after the other two, these three are all grouped together because things appear to be moving quickly in Colorado. They have pinpointed May 2020 as a rough date when they would like sports betting to start in the state.

Regardless of when it comes around, these three are all expected to join the 14 states currently offering sports betting and the three front runners above sometime before the end of 2020.

Michigan the Last to Commit in 2019

The last state to pass a bill in 2019 was Michigan, who waited until December 20th to put things through the courts.

That has allowed them to move forward with plans to introduce legal sports betting over the coming months and they could have things completed for the end of this year.

Should Michigan not begin sports betting in 2020 then expect them to be amongst the first to start in 2021, but the expectation is that they could get started sometime towards the end of this year.

Which Other States Have Plans in Place?

A whole host of states are considering putting things in place, and this is where you will currently find the state of Florida.

In November of 2019, draft bills were put together to explore the possibility of sports betting in Florida, and those are to be considered during the 2020 legislative session.

A potential date of 1st October has been mentioned regarding these bills and their start date, although things are very fluid at the moment.

Should the bills pass then we would be in a much better position to work out when states like Florida could join others by offering sports betting to those inside the state.

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