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Indiana To Join Growing List Of States With Sports Betting Discussions

Forthcoming Bill Comes As Supreme Court Considers Striking Down PASPA


Indiana could join more than a dozen other states in preparing for a change to federal law governing sports betting.

As the U.S. Supreme Court Justices weigh arguments for striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, Indiana is set to consider new legislation aimed to give the state a head start before the high court makes a ruling, which is expected in the first half of 2018. Many are predicting PASPA’s demise.

According to an Associated Press report, a Republican lawmaker in Indiana plans to file the legislation this session. There was a similar effort in 2015, but the Supreme Court deciding to hear New Jersey’s PASPA challenge late last year was game-changer.

Other states that have at the very least began the process of legalizing sports betting, should PASPA be defeated, include Pennsylvania, Michigan, California, New York and Mississippi.

The American Gaming Association estimates that about $150 billion is bet on sports each year in the U.S., with nearly all of it coming outside of Nevada’s legal sports books.