State Regulators Vary on How They Approach Sports Betting
Evan Davis & James Trusty
October 22, 2020
It’s been more than two years since the Supreme Court invalidated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), allowing states to regulate sports betting within their borders.
And while nearly 50 percent of jurisdictions across the United States have passed legislation doing exactly this, these states are limited by a federal law known as the Wire Act, which forbids, at its core, wagering on sports across state lines.
Which means that sports betting companies that have set up operations in a state like New Jersey, which allows for mobile betting, can take bets from someone sitting on his sofa in Montclair; they can’t do so when that same individual is sitting at his desk in Manhattan.