South Dakota lawmakers passed a sports betting ballot measure early last month. For now, it appears the coronavirus outbreak won’t stop South Dakotans from seeing that referendum on their 2020 ballots.
At the beginning of the month, Washington D.C. sports betting was set to begin in time for the Washington Nationals’ March 26 season opener. Now a week after what was supposed to be the season’s first pitch, Major League Baseball has yet to begin its season and the city’s sports betting app is still sidelined.
Legalizing commercial casinos in Nebraska was an uphill climb even before the COVID-19 outbreak. Casino backers said as recently as this week they will still push for three gaming referendums on the 2020 ballot, but it remains a difficult challenge to collect enough signature to do so ahead of a July 2 deadline.
The nation’s largest potential sports betting market won’t start taking bets until at least 2022 after a campaign to put legal wagering on the 2020 ballot was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. California’s constitution requires a statewide voter-backed amendment, which now can’t come until the 2022 midterm elections at the earliest.