The lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic has paralyzed most of the United States for six months, especially the brick-and-mortar businesses. On the other side, that has expedited the push for online businesses and sports betting is not an exception.
There are different reasons behind the move. Some lawmakers have showed safety and health concerns while others were more realistic to the falling revenues for the state and looking for alternative sources of funding.
With the federal government stepping in to offer relief funding, states have pointed out that the best way to control the situation would be to find more money, therefore, sports betting comes in.
Legislative Push for Sports Betting Starts in 2020
Sports betting leagues have been able to return, while the future of most sports betting competition was a big question for most of 2020.
All NFL franchises has come back to play, even though the American Gaming Association (AGA) expects that there are only 33.2 million sports bettors this year, below the 40 million who placed a bet during the 2019/20 season.
Meanwhile, both the NBA and NHL have been able to resume their seasons. They have transitioned into the playoffs and shaved off a number of teams.
The return of sports events has been a success, particularly amid a global health pandemic. Although all organizations enhanced safety measures and protocols, many athletes have chosen to opt out of playing this year. And legislators from across the country have been pushing for the introduction of working sports betting legislation.
The state of Massachusetts is one of the first states to have tried and introduced sports betting. However, it will have to do some things before the legislation can pass the State Senate, objected to language involving collegiate sports betting.
In July, the state of California also resumed the legislation push for the Sunny State’s sports betting industry. They are doing things to put the question up on the November ballot.