Sports Betting Would Quickly Spread If New Jersey Wins

A report by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC predicts that 32 states would adopt legal sports betting within five years if New Jersey wins its Supreme Court case challenging a federal ban. The company tracks state-by-state gambling legislation, and said a new market would be worth more than $6 billion in five years and as much as $15 billion if all 50 states allowed sports betting.

If New Jersey is triumphant in its case to allow sports betting being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, as many as 32 states would approve sports betting in the next five years, according to a report by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC.

The company tracks state-by-state gambling legislation and predicts a sports betting market worth $6 billion and as much as $7.1 to $15.8 billion if every state allowed it.

The report notes that Americans are already betting up to $60 billion at offshore sites and bookies, said Chris Grove, managing director for the firm. Sports betting that generates about $3 billion in revenue each year from U.S. customers.

“We estimate that a properly regulated market could be worth nearly five times that amount, resulting in a financial windfall for sports betting operators, sports leagues and media and state governments alike,” Grove said.

The illegal market studied does not include office pools and “social” or “casual” bets among friends.

New jersey is currently challenging the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which currently bans sports betting in all but five states. Should the court rule in the state’s favor, the study predicts 14 states would offer sports betting within two years: Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Indiana; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; Montana; New Jersey; Ohio; Nevada; Pennsylvania; Virginia; and West Virginia.

Within five years, it predicted 18 more would join: Arizona; California; Idaho; Illinois; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Missouri; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Oklahoma; Vermont; Washington and Wyoming.

And within seven years, another dozen could offer it as well: Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Minnesota; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Mexico; Oregon; Rhode Island; South Dakota and Wisconsin. The remaining states might never offer sports betting, the Eilers & Krejcik Gaming report said.

The study took into account whether a state already has pending legislation; if there are constitutional obstacles to expanding gambling; whether their gambling industry is united or divided; the general legislative attitude toward gambling as it exists now in a particular state, and how badly a state needs extra money, the report said.

The professional and collegiate sports leagues oppose New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting, saying it would threaten the perceived integrity of the games.

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