In 2018, the United States Supreme Court found that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was unconstitutional. Since then, numerous states have started the process of authorizing the activity on an intrastate basis.  Currently, Michigan has a bill pending (HB 4916) that would authorized existing casinos in the state of Michigan to offer sports betting.   Many other states have either passed legislation or are going down the path of authorizing this activity.   Several key regulatory policy questions will arise for regulators in states where the activity becomes lawful.

Dave Waddell, Robert Russell and JJ Burchman of RMC Legal wrote a feature article entitled “Sports Betting Oversight”  that has been published in the October 2019 issue of  Global Gaming Business Magazine. The article explores the question of how jurisdictions can best regulate and oversee sports wagering as it becomes more prevalent across the United States.

The article identifies several policy issues that need to be addressed in sports betting regulation, including: integrity issues; who will operate sportsbooks; licensing of service providers; mobile and online wagering; cash reserve requirements; and collegiate sports wagering. In addition, the article discusses the four different approaches states have taken for internal controls and the practices surrounding the development of house rules. Finally, the article gives an overview of tribal sports wagering in the United States. The full article can be found here.


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