This is the year American sports betting became legal outside of the stranglehold Las Vegas had for decades. In May, 2018 the Supreme Court ruled the Federal law in place banning this type of action unconstitutional allowing each state the right to make the decision whether to offer legalized sport bets. The unfair monopoly that existed in Nevada is no more. The Sports Techie community blog has long-term vision to develop cutting edge sports tech products to take advantage of this ruling in the near future. Until then, if you are in the states of New Jersey, Mississippi or Delaware, you join the citizens of Nevada with the new option to place bets at casinos, race tracks and even over the web, thanks to technological innovations.
The NFL and NCAA college football have long been at the heart of American gambling, For more information you can check out this guide to sports betting in the USA.
Gamblers love to wager on their favorite teams, local franchises and underdogs. It is estimated by QZ that more than $88 billion was wagered on games mostly using offshore online accounts because it was illegal here in the United States, while Vegas claims $2 billion was legally bet in the same year. Add in the action taken by bookies, friends and office groups, and the actual number creeps up towards the $100 billion mark.
You can quickly do the math and see why this is as big an opportunity as is legalizing marijuana for states in terms of regulation, taxation and cash windfalls not in existence last year.
Daily Fantasy Sports Providers Evolution
DFS is legal in many states. The two heavyweights in the industry, FanDuel and DraftKings, started working on becoming official sportsbooks in New Jersey well before the recent change in law. The FanDuel Sportsbook is at Meadowlands Racetrack, nearby MetLife Stadium. DraftKings and Resorts Atlantic City also have a sportsbook partnership in place.
Next-gen sports bets are chalk full of cutting edge technologies, no place more so than mobile. Nearly every gambler has a mobile smart device. Fans located inside certain states can now use apps to place wagers instead of laying down a bet at brick and mortar sportsbooks.
FanDuel Sportsbook is offering free bets in N.J. for first time users. MGM Live has a new mobile sportsbook app at Borgata joining SugarHouse Sportsbook as the three apps in use in NJ.
Next State Up
Three states have passed a bill allowing sports betting but are still in need of streamlining the actual process, distribution and regulation. Not all states were prepared to pounce on this new revenue stream opportunity and will discuss it in 2019 and beyond.
West Virginia had plans to go live in September at 5 licensed casinos, obviously they are behind schedule. Pennsylvania scheduled October for launch of a new mobile app and betting at 12 casinos, the clock is ticking on them. Rhode Island may be ready before the year ends. New York may speed through legislation by early 2019.
Beyond that, 32 states have nothing yet in terms of new bills and Utah will most likely never pass a sport betting bill.
The rest of the states have discussed the bill and may vote sports betting in sometime in the next few years.
Look for a surge in sports tech startups designed to take advantage of this new digital frontier. Experienced and rookie punters alike are always looking for a competitive edge be that from expert advice, deep-dive analytics and the never truthful injury report, a list college football will need to provide weekly as the NFL currently does to insure betting integrity.
Look for local betting boutiques to pop up inside sports bars.
Match fixing will undoubtedly become more common place. The rise of companies such as Sportradar US that provides reliable data via digital sports solutions is growing fast. They count Turner, Twitter and Samsung, together with NFL, NBA, NHL and NASCAR, as satisfied application partners.
Only Mississippi allows in-state sports betting on college football. I predict that changes as fast as the hair grows on certain new born babies, especially here in Georgia.
Sports Techie, I find it highly irregular that online banking and sportsbooks are safe in the U.S.A. yet to vote for the upcoming political elections in November, we are told online balloting is still not secure. This fact seems real fishy to me as it should to you.
Fellow gamblers, if you or someone you know is suffering from gambling problems and is in need of help, please call 1-800-GAMBLER.
Do not bet more than you can afford to lose.
Enjoy the new found sports betting freedom fellow Americans that to the current Supreme Court without Kavanaugh.
It’s a good time to be a Sports Techie.
See ya later sportstechie in Seattle, Atlanta and around the world!
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