Regulated esports betting is the path to legitimacy
The United States Supreme Court’s impending decision regarding the legitimacy of the federal ban on sports betting carries massive implications for traditional sports and esports. If the court repeals or alters the federal ban, each state must decide whether to allow sports betting and establish its own regulatory framework. In Nevada, one of the few states exempted from the federal ban and the nexus of legal sports betting in the U.S., esports currently falls outside of the state’s sports betting structure and special legislation had to be enactedto allow legal gambling on esports. To provide sufficient regulation, states should include esports within their independent regulatory frameworks.