North Carolina Becomes the Latest State to Make Sports Betting Legal

The situation regarding sports betting in North Carolina is changing on almost a regular basis. Following the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to repeal PASPA and lift the federal ban on sports betting, a large number of states saw this as a perfect way to bring additional funds to their coffers and began to push gambling and casino legislation.

Honestly, not many did expect that the Old North State would even consider legalizing sports betting, as it used to have a strict no gambling policy. But the lawmakers have surprised both themselves and the residents by making wagering on sports legal!

North Carolina Becomes the Latest State to Make Sports Betting Legal

The Tribe Has the Monopoly

After North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper inked Senate Bill 154 last week, two casinos owned the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will be able to offer sports betting to its customers. This piece of legislation has effectively altered the definition of Class III gaming in the state, adding wagering on sports on it.

The Cherokee people have a monopoly on gambling in North Carolina, as they run the only two casino resorts doing business in the state. These venues are Harrah’s Cherokee and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River, and they’re both operated by the Nevada-headquartered gaming hotel and casino corporation. This means the tribe will now have the full control of the sports betting industry in North Carolina.

The legalization of sports betting hasn’t lost momentum since May last year. So far, a total of 17 states have decided to offer legal sports betting to their residents, and that number will surely increase by the end of the year.

Waiting for the DOJ to Lose its Absurd Battle

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) attempted to take control of the gambling in the U.S. by misinterpreting the 1961 Federal Wire Act. Although the DOJ failed to put its plan into action, it still created uncertainty about the future of sports betting in the country. Last month, a judge ruled in favour of New Hampshire in the lawsuit the Granite State filed against the DOJ, but that still doesn’t mean the Department will give up on the matter.

North Carolina has long been regarded as a conservative state, especially with its harsh anti-gambling laws. The situation began to change back in May last year when the state authorities allowed those types of gambling-related to charitable events. But only a month later, North Carolina failed to approve daily fantasy sports. 

The latest move does come as a surprise, but most importantly, it shows a change in the mentality of the state lawmakers.

It should be pointed out that some concessions were made to allow the legalization of gambling in North Carolina. At this moment, mobile gambling is not allowed, and its legalization won’t be discussed anytime soon. The most likely reason for this is the current position of the DOJ. Hopefully, after the DOJ loses this battle, online gambling will become available across the U.S. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.