New Hampshire lawmaker wants to take state’s sports gambling activity to a new level
By Bob Garcia
A new bill hopes to remove the cap on the number of sportsbooks allowed in the state
It’s been a year already since New Hampshire’s sports gambling market opened and, although there were some important concerns on how the market would evolve, the online sports gambling activity noticed massive participation from the start, two years after the US Supreme court bashed lawmakers for introducing PASPA. At the time sports gambling was introduced, in an attempt to prevent gambling addiction, the number of licenses issued was limited, as well as the type of venues that hold a license. A new bill has now been introduced that hopes to get rid of all of those limits.
Defining the type of wagers that can be placed is one of those restrictions. New Hampshire Representative Tim Lang sponsored this bill and told The Center Square, “It makes zero sense. I could literally be sitting in the casino, where I could place a bet before the game started. But once the game started, I would have to take out my phone to place another bet.”
According to the New Hampshire Lottery, there was over $225.7 million in sports wagers made over the past six months – $18.4 million of which went to the sportsbooks. Given those numbers, legislators truly believe there’s more money that can be made, leading to the push to remove the current restrictions. Neighboring states don’t offer sports gambling yet, and that’s why the state has seen this as a win-win opportunity.
The bill would allow the state to have a larger sports gambling market, with no further restriction or limitations, allowing more sportsbooks to appear across New Hampshire. It isn’t clear how the system would be managed or if Lang has enough initial support for the legislation, but it’s a sign of how important sports gambling is going to be to state economies.