If sports betting made legal, Mississippi plans to accept bets by NFL season
May 01, 2018 11:00 AM
by Brett Smiley
Should the United States Supreme Court allow the legalization of sports betting nationwide, the state of Mississippi will have its doors open – possibly as soon as the start of the 2018 football season. At least that’s the plan for Mississippi sports betting, according the head of the state gaming commission, Allen Godfrey.
In a recent story in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Godfrey promised sports betting “within 45 to 60 days [of a decision], before football season.” And if you’re wondering how Mississippi can pull that off without passing any legislation during the 2018 session, the answer is simple: sports betting is already legal in Mississippi.
Though the state has done just about nothing with regard to sports betting during the current legislative session, they made it legal, albeit under the radar, in early 2017. The Mississippi legislature passed HB 967 in March of last year. Though the bill focused on fantasy sports, it modified the Gaming Control Act. The end result is that the bill legalizes sports gambling in Mississippi.
Because of that, Mississippi is waiting – and chomping at the bit to get sports betting into its more than 30 commercial and tribal casinos, many of which dot the Gulf of Mexico and are easy driving distance from the biggest city in the region – New Orleans.
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