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Lawmakers in MA are in early discussions over whether to legalize sports betting here, and state leaders have not said whether they favor mobile gambling or what forms might be allowed. They also want it by the football season. It would be up to the casinos to set up their own betting parlors for college and professional sports, and in so doing, they could increase their own bottom lines and thus the state's tax revenues. Nevada, Montana, Oregon and DE have had forms of sports wagering since before the law took effect. "It's a complicated issue".

All those involved in establishing a new sports betting landscape should proceed with caution and consider the potential social cost as they ponder how much money can be made. It was a win for New Jersey, which had sued, as well has almost two dozen states that already have laws in place to set up sports betting. But unlike dozens of other states that anticipated Monday's ruling, ME will be playing catch up if it wants to get involved in a multibillion-dollar sports gambling business. In New York's case, that probably needs to be completed by June 20, when the current legislature session ends, for it to take effect this year.

"If it's been going on as long as it has in Vegas and in every barroom.it's been part of our culture", Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon told reporters Monday.

"We're looking at it from the vantage point of we're going to provide the services the same as we have previously, however there will be more attention that we're looking to bring to the area of sports and sports gambling", said Alia Lucas, Program Specialist in MDHHS" Gambling Disorder Prevention and Treatment Services Section. Now, the majority of the country can play daily fantasy sports and there's no telling how many people will be able to make live and online wagers on sporting events, as states mull the paradigm shift in federal gaming law. "You have activities like this that are going on right now, illegally, not regulated, no protection for individuals, no protection for the taxpayers and the citizens of the state". "We have sort of looked at the possibilities of what could happen and the impact". A portion of that law allows the four non Indian casinos now open to operate sports books, assuming the federal ban was overturned, as it was Monday. "A lot of elements need to be unpacked", said Lesser.

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The 2013 law, for example, specifies bettors must be physically present in an authorized casino's sports lounge to place a wager. Whether you are betting on sports or playing poker, lawmakers must make it a priority to protect customers.

Steve Stallings, the chairman of the California Indian Gaming Commission, said the group that represents 34 tribes wants specifics on what sports betting would encompass before the state moves to legalize it.

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The law, as written, also prohibits betting in NY on the state's college teams, or on any athletic event taking place in the state.

The ruling promises to change the in-stadium experience for fans, even if they never place a bet.

On the other hand, there is the prospect that the state's Indian nations may jump ahead. It isn't clear what kind of laws will be implemented by all of these states and how restrictive they might be.

Even local legislators gave up on sports betting after that, except for then-Assemblyman (and now Sen.) Jeff Van Drew, who started pushing to pursue it again in 2004 and introduced a bill the following year for a referendum to legalize betting in Atlantic City on pro sports.

"Expansion of gaming is a slippery slope", he said.

"I was excited", said Ann Haden about hearing the news. "I would never want to guess on who might be right on that".

"The atmosphere around sports betting and watching games in the casinos in Nevada is so deeply engrained that it will always have a deep chunk of the market", Duru said.

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