The NCAA Moves Towards Legal Sports Betting

The NCAA believes that legal sports betting threatens the health and well-being of student-athletes, and undermines the integrity of college athletics. The organization is working to educate students on problem gambling and the risks of sports betting, and provide resources for them to protect themselves. Additionally, the NCAA is pushing for a ban on the sale or provision of inside information to bettors in sports sponsored by the NCAA at all levels.

States are moving quickly to offer sports betting after the Supreme Court overturned PASPA, and Ohio joined the ranks in 2021. The retail launch followed a month later, and online sportsbooks went live in October with SugarHouse, DraftKings, BetRivers, and FanDuel among the first to accept wagers.

Delaware was also among the first post-PASPA states to introduce sports betting, and it did so in partnership with Scientific Games and William Hill. The state’s lottery operates the system, and residents can make a variety of sports wagers including NFL parlay bets.

New Jersey and Pennsylvania were the next two states to offer sports betting, and they both opened in November 2018. In New Jersey, retail sportsbooks at the Meadowlands, Borgata, and Ocean Resort Casino launched in December, with 888sport and BetStars following suit. In Pennsylvania, the first retail sportsbooks opened in November, with the online launch happening a month later. SugarHouse, DraftKings, and BetRivers were among the early online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania. Those sportsbooks have since been joined by a handful of others, including the Philadelphia Eagles’ BetMGM brand.