If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past seventeen months, you’ll know the upcoming NFL season is the most anticipated - and most lucrative - yet. And not because it’s the centenary year of this grand old competition.
For a heap of states, this’ll be the first year of legal sports betting. Only Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia were in position to accept wagers this time twelve months ago.
Fast forward 365 days and many more have legalised frameworks in place and are all set to benefit from the standout weekend of the sporting calendar. With just hours to go until the big kickoff, let’s take a look at how the industry has, and continues to, take shape.
Who are already there?
New Jersey, Delaware, Mississippi, West Virginia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Arkansas, New York, Iowa, Oregon and Indiana have all launched some form of legal sports betting since the federal ban on the industry was lifted in May 2018.
Including Nevada, for a long time the only place in which a legal bet could be placed, the list totals 13 on the eve of the season.
Of these, mobile sports betting is up and running in just three: New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, though this number will increase over time - every man and his dog knows online betting is the real moneymaker!
Just in the nick of time
Oregon and Indiana are the newest to the growing list having launched on August 27 and September 1 respectively.
The Beaver State already had a sports betting law on the books and so were not required to pass any new law. Mobile sports betting via the state’s designated NFL app will launch after the NFL has begun. Bettors can wager in-person in the meantime.
For Indianans, sports betting is just days old. Thirteen locations across The Hoosier State begun taking authorised wagers as of the start of September. The first wager? $10 on the Indianapolis Colts to win the Super Bowl courtesy of State Governor Eric Holcomb. Significantly, the law will allow for mobile wagering.
Set to miss out
Each had their sights set on the opening NFL weekend and were expected to pass bills in time but have fallen short implementing a regulated framework in time for one reason or another.
That’s not to say there won’t be additional states to launch during the season. But having missed the boat here, the focus for those just mentioned may fall on 2020 and getting things 100% right before rushing the process through and having to revisit issues further down the line.