US sports betting is in a period of rapid growth

Posted on July 16, 2021

Plenty of US states are beginning to liberalise their legislation surrounding gambling and sports betting. For years, Americans would have to rely on trips to Nevada if they wanted to get their sports betting fix. Now, they may not even need to leave their own state, or their own house if they want to try out some online sports betting.

Sports betting in Florida

Fully legalised sports betting is still an unknown in Florida at this time. The Seminole Tribe, who will have control over sports betting in the state if the legislation passes, is still in communication with the Department of the Interior.

They are still waiting for approval from the federal government, but other sports betting operators are not happy with the current system. They are pushing the government for a more open and less restrictive sports betting market in Florida.

Operators like DraftKings and FanDuel are pushing for a more open sports betting legislation. Under the current agreement the tribe has control over the entire sports betting market. That means that all sports betting must take place on tribal land.

If the tribe did choose to partner with an outside operator, that operator would have to use the back-end technology for Hard Rock Gaming. Companies like DraftKings have their own tech and would be at a disadvantage if they used outside technology.

Operators have joined together to support a ballot initiative for state-wide mobile betting that the tribe does not control. If the ballot initiative is a success, we wouldn’t even see sports betting until 2023, but the state would have a far larger sports betting market.

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FanDuel and Scientific games celebrate going live in 10 different states.

FanDuel Group and Scientific Games are now officially live across 10 US states. All of the states are making use of Scientific Games OpenSports technology.

This tech allows for the rapid growth and expansion of sportsbooks. Scientific Games provides plenty of the betting options that you love, live sports betting, virtual sports betting, and more.

Jordan Levin, Group CEO, Digital at SG, commented:

“We couldn’t be prouder to have OpenSports live across 10 states with one of the industry’s biggest names, FanDuel. It’s a real testament to our technology that FanDuel has entrusted us as a valued partner in multiple markets.”

“Platform stability and scalability is of huge importance to the world’s biggest operators and OpenSports remains the only option in the marketplace to truly achieve this. We’re excited to embark on the next phase of our journey with FanDuel and deliver on our mission to deliver unmissable betting experiences.”

Sports betting has a fantastic future in the US. They are moving past their previous buttoned up, conservative views on the betting industry and allowing for a more open and liberal approach to sport betting.

They may still have some backwards rules and regulations, but I think that within a decade, sports betting will be fully legalised across the entire United States of America.

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Andrew is a Northern Ireland based journalist with a background in esports and VR reporting. He grew up in County Down, Northern Ireland, and graduated from Ulster University with a Masters's degree in Journalism.

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