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Sports betting timeline


The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is enacted and prohibits sports betting nationwide but grandfathered in those states already providing that wagering.

MARCH 2009

New Jersey State Sen. Raymond Lesniak among others files suit over PASPA.

JULY 2009

Ohio Lottery Commission approves Bengals and Browns instant lottery games to be sold statewide. The Seahawks also sign a similar deal on a Washington Lottery scratch-off game.



New Jersey voters pass a referendum supporting legal sports betting at casinos and racetracks.


APRIL 2011

NFL lifts ban on advertisements and sponsorships for casinos, but with restrictions still in place.



The NCAA, MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL file suit against New Jersey in an attempt to block the state from implementing sports betting on pro and college games.



The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sides with the leagues in a 2-1 decision.


MARCH 2014

NFL lifts restrictions on casino sponsorships and advertisements, including increasing available inventory for teams to sell to casinos, and lifting of ban on stadium signage in lower levels.



New Jersey passes legislation that decriminalizes sports betting at licensed racetracks and casinos. The leagues would file suit again.


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The Phoenix Suns and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community agree to a naming-rights agreement to change the name US Airways Center to Talking Stick Resort Arena, the first major sports arena naming-rights deal for a casino.


APRIL 2015

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell states, “We oppose sports gambling. We haven’t changed our position on that, and I don’t see us changing our position on that.”



The full 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules 9-3 in favor of the sports leagues. New Jersey takes its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.


JULY 2017

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver states that he senses the law will change in the next few years in the United States.


JULY 2017

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says the league wants a say in the future of sports betting.

— Compiled by Brandon McClung