Fresh regulation could threaten American sports betting

A hearing held last week has sparked fresh fears that new American sports betting legislation will be put in place by Republicans.

Republicans strongly favor new regulations for American Sports Betting.

In a meeting held on Sept. 27, politicians and gaming officials shared their opinions on the state of USA sports betting since the abolishment of PASPA.

The majority of concerns for officials relate to online gambling advertisements and how they could potentially target minors.

Wisconsin Republican,  Jim Sensenbrenner  said: "For Congress to do nothing is the worst possible alternative." 

 We have some work to do, and I'm looking forward to working with you to try to come up with something both short term and something more permanent to deal with this issue. I'm afraid if we don't, there are going to be people who get hurt and get hurt badly.

Post-PASPA: An Examination of Sports Betting in America” - was the first meeting since the overturning of the controversial law earlier in the year.

American sports betting has seen a flurry of activity in recent months. With Nevada's monopolization of sports betting ended: Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi and West Virginia have all launched their own sportsbooks.

This of course includes NJ online casinos, which now boast 8 mobile sports apps available within the Garden State.

While no new bill was officially announced, it was strongly implied that Republicans would seek some kind of new legislation.

Several studies were also cited during the meeting to reinforce the need for new laws. Jon Bruning, a Republican former Nebraska attorney general, stated that youngsters in the UK were being targeted by online sports betting companies and bombarded with marketing.

Becky Harris, chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, told the committee that online sports betting in Nevada was not popular due to their own regulation. The need for a background check and casino visit is thought to deter sports bettors.

The NFL also shared concerns at the speed of which casinos are legalizing sports betting and the illegal market. Jocelyn Moore, an NFL spokeswoman also suggested a new age restriction and the barring of risky in-game bets.

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