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It’s March, But NCAA, Unlike Professional Leagues, Is Yet To Budge On Legal Sports Betting

It is hard to believe that as recently as three years ago—prior to the Supreme Court’s May 2018 decision declaring that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was unconstitutional—Americans seeking to wager on the NCAA basketball tournament had to choose between either traveling to Nevada or wagering illegally, whether with an offshore provider or local bookie. Remarkably, in the time since 2018, close to half the states, plus the District of Columbia, have enacted legalized sports wagering. Several other states have passed bills and ballot initiatives. Consequently, sports wagering will likely be active in some form or another in over half the states by the end of 2021.

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