Rhode Island’s in-person sports betting requirement will likely end as soon as this month, curtailing a policy industry stakeholders decry as a handicap to legal betting and a boon to unregulated bookmakers.
UPDATE July 2, 10:30 a.m.: The court granted the tribes’ petition ahead of Thursday’s hearing. Native American groups now have until Oct. 12, 2020 to gather the signatures required to place the sports betting question on the 2022 ballot. California’s next best hope for legal sports betting will go before a court Thursday.
The 1961 Wire Act wasn’t supposed to be a controversial law, and for most of its existence, it wasn’t. But then internet gambling sprang into being. The lack of law and regulation pertaining to the internet sent law enforcement scrambling to find anything that might apply to this new delivery channel.