Movement toward legal sports betting hit a fever pitch during the first part of 2018. No fewer than a dozen states introduced or reintroduced legislation that would legalize some form of sports gambling.
All of the activity happened while the Supreme Court was considering whether to strike down the partial federal sports betting ban contained in the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The case pitted the state of New Jersey against the NCAA, NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB. The Garden State prevailed, as the Supreme Court struck down PASPA and greased the wheels for even more states to enter the fray.