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Legalized Sports Betting In Your State? Not If, But When

See the most recent update on this topic: D.C. Council Passes Sports Betting Bill

Sports betting is a multi-billion-dollar industry. But outside of the casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada, it has traditionally been run and controlled illegally by the criminal underworld or shady offshore enterprises. That all changed when the Supreme Court determined that any state can choose to legalize sports betting in the landmark case of Murphy v. NCAA.

States are now free to enact legislation that permits online or live site sports betting in their jurisdiction. ESPN has a state-by-state tracker that does an excellent job of updating that status of legalization and pending legislation around the country that you can find here. The state laws and legislation vary greatly and must be closely analyzed to determine the scope and extent of sports gaming in each jurisdiction.

My firm, Offit Kurman, and I will be monitoring this activity, as well as the opportunities available to individuals and businesses that are interested in exploring opportunities for licensure, permitting and other ways to get involved in this emerging marketplace. With New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia already in the fold, we see the District of Columbia and perhaps even Maryland following close behind. We will keep you updated on these legal developments and opportunities for business development in the industry.

If you have any questions on this topic, contact Ian Thomas at 


ABOUT IAN THOMAS | 202-900-8592

Ian Thomas is an attorney in Offit Kurman’s Commercial Litigation practice group.  Ian likes to apply a “think-outside-the-box” approach to litigation, through which he seeks to find creative ways to resolve each legal issue that his clients face.  In applying this approach, Ian is able to identify a diverse and cost-effective set of options to resolve any legal problem that his clients encounter.







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