Legal Sports Betting Gets Approval in Louisiana, Maryland, and South Dakota

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Louisiana, Maryland, and South Dakota moved one step closer to joining the legal sports betting market in the United States after voters said yes during Tuesday’s elections.

As part of the 2020 USA Elections, prop measures to legalize sports betting were on the ballots of Louisiana, Maryland, and South Dakota. All three states voted favorably to allow legal sports betting in their jurisdiction. However, the regulatory frameworks on how sports betting will be conducted will still have to be formulated and that will take a while.

A Landslide in Three States

Louisiana residents voted on the prop by each individual parish. The results were in favor of the legalization of sports betting with 55 out of 64 parishes voting in the affirmative. The vote was expected because Louisiana’s neighbors Mississippi and Arkansas have legalized sports betting in 2018 and 2019, respectively. With Texas still not permitting legal sports betting, Louisiana can now take away some of the market.

In Maryland, the voting was done statewide and the vote was an overwhelming YES from all 24 districts of Maryland. The outcome of the vote should be good news for The Washington Football Team who are staying in Maryland. Team owner Dan Snyder has publicly stated that he wants to offer sports betting in the new NFL stadium that he is planning to build.

,Out in South Dakota, the voting was focused to the city limits of Deadwood only and the tribal casinos. As was with the case of Maryland, the vote was strongly for the YES with the prop passed by a 216,673 to 153,611 margin. That means that sports fans visiting Deadwood will soon be able to bet on sports at casinos like the Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex and Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort.

U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 Decision

The landscape of United States sports betting has changed drastically since the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 2018 decision to repeal the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. That law stood for 26 years and limited sports betting primarily to the state of Nevada.

Since the ruling, legal sports betting has operated in 19 states and the District of Columbia. North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington have recently passed legislation to legalize sports betting and are gearing up to launch their respective sports betting markets.

On the other hand, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Ohio, and Vermont have active bills that are pending legislative approval. Once Louisiana, Maryland, and South Dakota get up and running, more than half of the states in the U.S. will have legal sports betting.