All You Need to Know About the Legalization of Sports Betting in the United States (Infographic)


It was in May 2018 when the US Supreme Court brought a decision that paved the way for a "relatively new" industry in the United States. Even though it has been around illegally for a long period of time, sports betting has finally been legalized after the PASPA law was judicially overturned.

PASPA, which stands for the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, was found to be unconstitutional because it commandeered power away from the states in a 7-2 decision, and a 6-3 decision determined that the whole of PASPA was unconstitutional.

After PASPA was overturned, sports betting was made legal in 7 states; in 16 states a bill was introduced but has not passed; and in 2 states there were existing legal sports betting laws, however no recent bill was introduced for modification. In 24 states no recent bill has been introduced, and in one state sports betting has remained illegal.

We all know that gambling was legal in the state of Nevada for quite some time, however it was the state of New Jersey that "pushed" the most when it came to the legalization of sports betting.

In 2014 a law was passed that repealed a former state law which forbade sports betting. Even though the four leagues and the NCAA filed suits against the law with the explanation that it forbade PASPA, the state made a petition to the Supreme Court to hear the case, which was "the beginning of the end" for PASPA.

It is without a doubt that the legalization of sports betting across the United States is going to have a positive effect on the US economy as it's expected that the total economic output is going to be around $41.2 billion. It is also going to created more than 200,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The NJ Games infographic below has all the information you need to read in order to understand what the outcome of the legalization of sports betting is going to be. Check it out to find out more.

US Sports Betting Infographic


More articles from Football Ground Map...

The World's Barmiest Football Fan?

Tony Incenzo has been to over 2,000 football grounds - is he the world's barmiest football fan? Read about his love for Non-League football and groundhopping obsession, including watching a match in prison!

My Son's First Football Match

Taking my son to his first football match was one of the best experiences I've had as a father so far. I've written this article for Alex to read when he gets older.


My Daughter's First Football Match

My daughter's first ever football match - Orlando City v Atlanta United, August 2019. Written for Izzy to read when she gets old enough. Vamos Orlando

Football Grounds To Visit While You Still Can

All good things have to come to an end, and the same unfortunately has to be said for football stadiums too. This article looks at the grounds which are soon to host their last match, the stadiums whose days are numbered and where fans will be watching their football from next.