Last week, we covered the first ever sports betting ruling by the Supreme Court since its 2013 decision to overturn PASPA (aka, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act). The Supreme Court ruled that states have the right to set their own laws governing sports betting. A total of 44 states have already passed policies regulating sports betting.

Last month regulators shut down two of the four sportsbooks connected to the Covid-19 gambling network, which serves the Mid-Atlantic region, including much of the Northeast. At the time, the shutdowns were believed to be an outgrowth of the FBI’s continuing investigation into the gambling ring, but authorities later said the shutdowns were unrelated to the probe.

Earlier this week, an interesting story came out about how sports betting is going to be legal in New York after the state resumed its operations after the devastating attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) has been racing ahead with plans to legalize sports betting at casinos and racetracks and is expected to make a final decision on the matter this month.  Many think this will be a huge boon to the industry; others think it will be a huge boon to the state’s coffers; and still others think it will be a huge boon to the illegal spread betters out there.

Sports bettors, get ready to play! That’s right. Major League Sports is making a comeback and marking the return of online sports betting in the United States. It’s been four months since the coronavirus pandemic ended, and tonight Major League Baseball (MLB) officially begins a shortened season.

About the 2020 MLB season

So what does shortening the season really mean? For starters, there will only be 60 games instead of the usual 162. word-image-17682 This means that teams are reducing the number of trips. Here are some key details about the 2020 MLB season:

  • 10 games played by each team against four teams in their division.
  • 20 games against teams from another division within the respective division.

Spring training, also known as summer camp and spring games, was held on 1. The month of July has started again. In addition, all MLB athletes tested negative for the coronavirus before returning to training. Today, all eyes are on the two games that officially open the 2020 MLB season:

  • Yankees v. Nationals, 7:08 p.m. AND on ESPN
  • Giants-Dodgers at 10:08 p.m. ET on ESPN.

According to the American Gaming Association (AGA), their study shows that sports bettors and consumers are switching from illegal bookmakers to legalized sports betting in the United States.This past October, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to vacate a decision that would have forced sports to put aside their differences and come together in order to pursue a common goal. The Court agreed with the plaintiffs in the case, who wanted to challenge the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which is known as the “PASPA” laws. The goal of the PASPA laws is to protect the integrity of sports, as well as the multi-billion dollar sports betting market.. Read more about sports betting market size and let us know what you think.

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