OXON HILL, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 09: MGM National Harbor, Governor Larry Hogan and Joe Theismann launch sports betting in Maryland with BETMGM at MGM National Harbor on December 09, 2021 in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
The topic of sports betting has been a hot topic in North Carolina for several years. In fact, the House of Representatives came within one vote of passing a bill to legalize it in 2022. But it was widely speculated that bill would resurface. And that according to our friends at BetCarolina, the introduction of that new bill seems imminent. They quote Roy Cooper as saying “You know, I think it’s going to pass from what I hear,” Cooper said regarding online sports wagering legislation. “We’re working with trying to make sure we get good legislation that is fair to the taxpayers but also recognizes something that’s going on anyway. So, we might as well get benefit for our schools and for our state out of it. So, we’ll see how it goes.”

If and when North Carolina does decide to pass the bill, we can expect to see major national sports betting operators jump in quickly. This means opportunities to gamble with BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and more will come available.

Sports Betting Support In North Carolina

BetCarolina reports that “in a recent survey, 43% of respondents said that they would either “strongly support” or “somewhat support” the legalization of sports betting in North Carolina.” I’d say I’m in that 43% I know plenty of people who already participate, so having a more regulated and easily accessible market seems like a good thing. It’s also not something I personally will be participating in for two reasons. One the risk is greater than the reward to me in terms of any gambling. And second, if you know me, I’m already way too emotionally invested in sporting events. The absolute last thing I need is money riding on a game that I’m already extremely stressed over!

Want more info on the bill? Read the full BetCarolina article here.

North Carolina Could Be In Line To Legalize Sports Betting In 2022

It’s been four years since the Supreme Court cleared the way for legal sports betting across the United States. Could North Carolina be one of the next states to legalize sports betting? Several states including NC, are in the process of trying to legalize it. Some have already taken that action and are waiting to implement sports betting.

On Thursday, Kansas became the 31st state to take that step when Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill that legalized sports betting in Kansas. Betting could begin as soon as September, just in time for football season. The state hopes to use the money raised will be used to hopefully lure professional teams to Kansas. For one, the Kansas City Chiefs, who currently play their home games across the border in Missouri. They also hope to take advantage of betters in Missouri as the state failed to advance sports betting legislation again this year.

The Supreme Court ruling in the case of Murphy vs. NCAA, handed down on May 14, 2018, overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which had prohibited legal sports betting throughout most of the United States starting in 1992.

Once the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was overturned in 2018, New Jersey was the first to take action. Other states, including Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, soon followed. But almost 5 years later North Carolina hasn’t jumped the gun. That could be poised to change in the coming months, however.

Bookies.com created “hypothetical odds” on when bettors in each of the remaining states will be able to make legal online wagers. Here were their results:

  • Kansas

    Yes: -9000

    No: +9000

    It’s not if it’s when at this point for Kansas. With the Governor signing the bill, now we just wait for the inevitable day residents can make their first bets.

  • Ohio

    Yes: -550

    No: +300

    Sports betting was actually approved and signed into law at the end of 2021. Though there have been delays in setting up the betting infrastructure which means the betting isn’t happening just yet. It’s worth noting that the law dictates that betting must begin by Jan.1, 2023.

  • Maryland

    Yes: +100

    No: -150

    You actually can place in-person wagers in Maryland at brick-and-mortar sites. These include at several casinos. Online sports betting in Maryland won’t arrive until after the start of the NFL season. 

  • North Carolina

    Yes: +135

    No: -110

    Finally, the one you’ve been waiting for. North Carolina. You may already know that in-person sports betting is legal inside casinos on tribal lands in North Carolina. The first step to legalizing it statewide was in a bill passed by the state Senate in April. The North Carolina sports betting bill is expected to also pass in the house when its session resumes on May 18..

  • Minnesota

    Yes: +225

    No: -300

    While both the Massachusetts House and Senate have passed bills legalizing sports betting, they have yet to come to terms on exactly how that will look. There are still a multitude of differences that need to be resolved before they will be placing any bets.

  • Maine

    Yes: +900

    No: –1850

    The state’s House just approved a bill to legalize both in-person and mobile sports betting. However, major differences remain between the House bill and the current proposal that’s in the state Senate. With the legislature’s summer break fast approaching a compromised bill seems unlikely before then.

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