Sports Betting Consideration in Indiana

by Jim Hall

IndianaAs more states begin to consider sports betting legislation, Indiana is now included in the mix.

For years now, sports betting has been a banned activity across the United States, except for in areas where the activity was grandfathered in. Sports betting in the states is regulated by the Professional & Amateur Protection Act of 1992, a law that is currently being reviewed based on a case involving the state of New Jersey, titled Christie vs. NCAA. As New Jersey has fought this battle, several states have decided to go ahead and pass legislation to be prepared for sports betting activities if they are allowed via a ruling by the United States Supreme Court.  One state that will be getting in on the action if SCOTUS rules in New Jersey’s favor is Indiana. Reportedly a lawmaker in the state is ready to sponsor legislation if sports betting is legalized in the nation.

Representative Alan Morrison Ready for Sports Betting

If the United States Supreme Court decides to rule for New Jersey, the door would open for states to be able to choose to legalize sports betting within their borders. Already, over ten states have decided to consider legislation involving sports betting or pass legislation to be ready if the option to offer such wagering because available.

Representative Alan Morrison of Indiana is a republican who is read to see his state offer sports wagering if SCOTUS rules for NJ. However, in Indiana, the rep would most likely come under fire from the NCAA, the college sports governing body based in Indianapolis. The group is part of the case and strongly opposed to sports betting.

Morrison commented on the opposition of the NCAA by stating he understands where the group will be coming from but that it is important for the group to understand that the gaming landscape is changing in the country. Morrison hopes that the NCAA will hopefully gain some understanding that the state of Indiana will have rights just like other states to offer sports betting.

Morrison also pointed out that restricting the state regarding college bets would be a big burden for local gaming facilities. The NCAA has yet to remark on Morrison’s comments.

What Will Change?

When considering the Christie vs. NCAA case, the state of New Jersey is fighting for the right to offer sports betting wagering. The PASPA is under fire as the state feels it is unconstitutional and that individual states should have the ability to decide if they want to offer sports betting or not via state by state legislation. If the United States Supreme Court rules for New Jersey, then PASPA will be ruled unconstitutional.

This would mean that each state could create legislation to offer sports betting or to not become involved. Several states are already on board, with legislation having been created to be ready in preparation to offer such wagering options if the ability becomes available.

SCOTUS is set to rule on the case this year, possibly by June. Within the months ahead, we may see even more states go ahead with legislation to be prepared if sports betting is opened across the nation. Indiana may wait until the SCOTUS ruling and we may see other states doing the same in order to avoid working on legislation until the ability to offer sports betting becomes a reality.

It will be interesting to see how SCOTUS rules and if the US will finally join other countries and offer sports betting without major restrictions.