Mississippi is ready for sports betting

The state’s gaming commission expects to have sports betting ready by the beginning of the NFL season in September.

US.- The US waits for a ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on sports betting, which would possibly revoke the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) and legalise the segment, and Mississippi officials say it may happen by September.

According to Allen Godfrey, executive director at the Mississippi Gambling Commission, SCOTUS will rule “within 45 to 60 days, before football season [starts in September].” Should his forecast come true, the state would be ready to have sports betting once the NFL games begin as it already passed legislation in 2017 to regulate the segment.

HB 967 – which was passed in March 2017 – was focused on fantasy sports, the piece of legislation modifying the Gaming Control Act. That’s why, once PASPA gets revoked, sports wagering would be automatically legal in Mississippi.

Mississippi would join other states such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which will debut legal sports betting once the segment gets cleared at a federal level.

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