Betting on sports in any way shape or form is extremely popular in the United States, but for now it mostly remains illegal. With States struggling this could change over time and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver even goes as far to say that it’s ‘inevitable’.
For now sports betting is only legal in Nevada, while New Jersey’s law to do the same was overhauled at the very last minute. In 2012 when this went down the NBA, NCAA, NFL, MLB and NHL sued New Jersey over its new sports betting law that was eventually overturned.
In an interview with Bloomberg the commish said, “It’s inevitable that, if all these states are broke, that there will be legalized sports betting in more states than Nevada and we will ultimately participate in that.”
“If you have a gentleman’s bet or a small wager on any kind of sports contest, it makes you that much more engaged in it,” Silver said. “That’s where we’re going to see it pay dividends. If people are watching a game and clicking to bet on their smartphones, which is what people are doing in the United Kingdom right now, then it’s much more likely you’re going to stay tuned for a long time.”
In the UK gambling on sports is legal, and even available on mobile devices, which could ultimately be something that’s available in the United States. In the UK there haven’t been any problems, at least not on topics that lawmakers worry about in the US.