Online Sports Betting: Legal or Unlawful?
Sports betting or gambling has become increasingly popular through the years. Its popularity was further intensified with the growth of online sports betting, also known as internet gambling. However, online sports betting have long been the topic of most controversies. And, one specific area of discussion is its legality.
Usually, when it comes to considering online sports betting, it’s very common for anyone to wonder if theyre breaching any local or state law. As you might know, sports betting happen to be deemed illegal in several countries in the world, and one particular area that strongly uphold anti-sports betting law is the North America. In this region, most states and even the government have passed legislations about whether or how it’s lawful or not to gamble online, and offline.
However, it is just until recently that the regulation of online sports betting remained entirely to the discretion of the individual states in North America, and to some extent, the dawn of online sports betting created certain levels of confusion concerning the jurisdiction. One main question that prevails is who runs the laws within the virtual world. As you might know, a few of the current gambling laws were generally created and proposed before the coming of the internet. This fact is what actually helps make the application to those established laws accessible to different interpretation.
Aside from the question about the online sports betting laws, another question was raised by the concerned public, which is, if it is legal to run sports betting on the web or offshore and take action from clients in the United States? Well, the regular answer to this by the US government is always that offshore or online sports betting are not legal.
So it’s given that online sports betting are deemed illegal by the US government. However, numerous reports have revealed that no bills have been passed to prevent the practice of online sports betting. Much worse is the fact that, several attempts to pass bills in order to prevent the enduring rise in popularity of online sports betting dramatically failed.
Perhaps one particular belief that caused the failure of the passing of these anti-sports gambling laws would be that the government has placed most of the responsibility of the legislations for gambling in the hands of individual states, in which some of those states have approved the practice of online sports gambling.
Several of those states in reality voted on legalizing the internet sports betting, and North Dakota is one of them. On the other hand, there are many states like Illinois which have added certain legislations that strictly prohibit the promotion of online casinos within the state. As far as I know, only three states in America have strongly prohibited its people from gambling beyond the state borders: California, Louisiana and Nevada.
Today, since some states have enforced anti-gambling laws, although loosely, several sportsbooks on the internet decided to remain offshore in foreign countries. And, to avoid breaching the laws, they rather put in place their computer servers also offshore. It is just somehow important to remember that although anti-gambling laws are passed, no citizen has even been arrested for considering online sports betting.