The States most likely to legalize sports betting


On May 17, 2018, Delaware issued a press release stating that full-scale sports betting could be coming to the state within a month. The release cited the Supreme Court’s decision as permitting the state to activate a 2009 law that was enacted but never implemented following litigation filed by the same five sports leagues who also sued New Jersey.


According to Mississippi State Rep. Scott DeLano (R-Biloxi), language in a fantasy sports bill passed in the first half of 2017 would allow the state to offer legal sports betting if the federal ban is lifted.

After the Supreme Court’s ruling, Mississippi could be positioned to authorize sports betting within months.

New Jersey

After the state won its Supreme Court case, the 2014 New Jersey law that ‘partially repeals” sports betting prohibitions for licensed casinos, licensed racetracks and former racetracks is now in place. Some form of sports betting will likely take place in New Jersey soon. In addition to the legislation passed in 2014 that was part of the long-running court case, a new bill was introduced in early May that would establish a more formal regulatory framework for sports betting in the state. Armed with its Supreme Court win, New Jersey can pursue a number of regulatory options for sports betting moving forward.


The current New Jersey sports betting legislation would ban any team that owns a professional sports franchise from taking a sports bet.

  • MGM Resorts, owner of the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA
  • Caesars, owned by Apollo Capital Management, which was co-founded by Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils owner Joshua Harris
  • Golden Nugget, owner of the Houston Rockets