Oregon set to launch mobile sports gambling
The platform should be ready before the start of the next NFL season
Oregon was one of the few states not impacted when the federal government created the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). It was already offering sports gambling activity at the time, but the Supreme Court’s reversal of PASPA last May has reignited interest in the market. Now, the Oregon Lottery has announced that it hopes to have a mobile sports betting application running prior to the start of the NFL’s next season.
Initially, there will only be limited betting options made available – wagering on the outcome or the spread. However, the Lottery states that it hopes to add additional betting options in the near future.
The impetus for the creation of the platform is the same as it has been for most states – combatting illegal sports gambling. According to Matthey Shelby, a spokesperson for the Oregon Lottery, “It’s in the black market, offshore sports betting operations that people can access. The question that we’re looking at is should there be a regulated, state-run way for people to do that?”
Subsequent to the mobile app, sports gambling kiosks could make their way to bars and restaurants across the state. Shelby adds, “If you were at an Oregon lottery retailer, potentially, you’d have the opportunity to bet on additional things. Who’s going to have the most yards in the first half, that type of thing.”
So far, eight states have legalized sports gambling in the U.S. Several more are actively pursuing legislation and a number of others have the topic on their radars. Although the Department of Justice seems to want to keep the industry from expanding, its attempts are not having the results it expected.