Federal Laws Continue To Hinder State Sports Betting Trend

Law360 (November 13, 2019, 12:00 PM EST) -- On Nov. 5, the voters of Colorado narrowly approved a ballot measure, Proposition DD, making the Centennial State the 19th state (plus Washington, D.C.) to legalize sports gambling in the country. Colorado thus joined a wave of gambling expansion that has grown state by state since the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or PASPA, in May 2018.

However, while more and more states are considering authorizing sports wagering, that wave is still functionally hindered by two other federal laws: the Interstate Wire Act of 1961[1] and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act,[2] or UIGEA....

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