Brett Smiley from SportsHandle brings SBC Americas another round-up of the week’s big developments in US sports betting.

The Power 15: Ranking States In Order Of Their Odds Of Legalizing Sports Betting In 2019

The floodgates for expanded legal sports betting opened in 2018 courtesy of the United States Supreme Court and Justice Samuel Alito. There is now full-fledged legal operation of sportsbooks in Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, at one tribal casino in New Mexico, and of course it’s business as usual in the great state of Nevada.

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Washington, D.C. Legalizes Sports Betting, Gives Lottery Virtual Monopoly

Washington D.C. has become the seventh and last jurisdiction to legalize sports betting in 2018. The D.C. Council voted, 10-2, on Tuesday to legalize sports betting in our nation’s capital, right under the nose of PASPA architect Orrin Hatch and others who believe that sports betting should be illegal, or, at the least, governed by the federal government.

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Federal Sports Betting Bill Has ‘Integrity’ In The Title And Data In The Details

‘Tis the season for gift-giving, and outgoing Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah found a willing donor in Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York to introduce the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act of 2018 on Wednesday during Congress’ lame duck season.

The federal sports betting bill, which has been talked about months, with strong rumors for weeks, would permit states to offer sports betting — a window that was opened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on May 14 to wipe out a prior near total ban — while also intending to ensure minimum national standards.

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Will Possible DOJ Reinterpretation Of Wire Act Affect Sports Betting?

Less than 24 hours after the District of Columbia Council authorized sports betting in the shadow of Capitol Hill, the federal government stole its thunder — twice. On Wednesday, it was reported that the Department of Justice on Friday will offer a new interpretation of the Wire Act, which prohibits using “wire communication facility for the transmission in interstate” sports betting. And two senators introduced the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act of 2018.

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