Indiana continues to fast track legislation to allow sports wagering

Jan 6, 2018 9:14 AM

Indiana lawmakers continue to fast track legislation to allow sports wagering, should the federal government remove its prohibition on single-team betting everywhere but Nevada.

An Indiana Senate bill filed Friday would sanction the state's riverboats, racinos and their satellite facilities to offer legal sports betting if federally legalized.

Rep. Alan Morrison, R-Terre Haute has said he will file an identical bill in the Indiana House of Representatives. The Indiana Senate bill follows similar bills or laws in at least 10 other states. 

The newly proposed Indiana sports wagering bill, unlike the law legalizing fantasy wagering in the state, does not exempt wagering on college sports. The actions in the state are of special interest because the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has its headquarters in Indianapolis and has consistently opposed all forms of wagering on sports.

The NCAA is the listed party in the U.S. Supreme Court case, officially Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, No. 16-476,

now being considered by the high court. A ruling is expected by June in New Jersey’s effort to overturn the federal ban on the practice.

The NCAA declined comment on Ford's bill, reports the Indianapolis Star.