Legal Sports Betting Could Start in Pennsylvania By Football Season
It may not be long before you can legally place a bet on professional or collegiate sports in Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down a federal law that prohibited sports betting. Each state can now decide on its own if it wants that type of gambling. Pennsylvania doesn't have to do much to get sports betting off the ground. Lawmakers approved sports betting as part of a new gaming bill passed last October. All that was needed was a favorable decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which came today.
State Representative Pat Harkins (D-Erie County) is the Minority Chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee. He says gamblers may be able to place a sports bet, at a Pennsylvania casino, by the start of football season.
"There's going to have to be some tweaks made, and some angles worked out. But in the end, we hope to have it up and running by fall, when the football season would start. Primarily, that is when the height of gambling takes place," Harkins said.
Harkins says sports betting could be a game changer in Pennsylvania, providing enough money to tackle many of the state's problems.