Last night, the Senate of Pennsylvania was able to pass a gaming expansion package which will see sports betting and daily fantasy sports legalized in the state. The focus has been on satellite casinos and online gaming in the state, as well as DFS and sports betting. With the sports betting legislation in place, Pennsylvania would be ready to go if the United States Supreme Court decides to rule in favor of New Jersey, in a historic sports betting case.
It was believed that the package for Pennsylvania would include sports betting but was not made known until the package was passed last week. The state has to find a way to create funds that will be used to meet a $2 billion shortfall within the state budget. Yesterday, H 271 was passed in amended form with 20 pages of the measure on the subject of sports betting.
Even if the law is in place for Pennsylvania, a federal change would have to be made. This is what New Jersey is trying to accomplish. Currently, state law only allows for sports betting to take place in Nevada, with single-game wagering. If the sports betting case sees the Supreme Court ruling in favor of NJ, then states with legislation in place would be allowed to offer sports betting options legally.
With sports betting, casinos that are licensed in the state would be able to offer such wagering options and use online or mobile operations to do so. The bill includes several details such as a one-time licensing fee of $10 million with gross revenues being taxed at 34% with an additional 2% for the local share assessment.
With DFS, the state would be able to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports such as the contests offered by FanDuel and DraftKings. With the addition of DFS, Pennsylvania will become the 16 state in the US to provide legal clarity for the industry with new laws put in place.