Gamble on Sports in Maine? You Bet!

Monday the Supreme Court announced a ruling that could lead many states to legalize betting on college and professional sports.

The justices ruled 7-2 that a 25-year-old federal law that has effectively prohibited sports betting outside Nevada by forcing states to keep prohibitions on the books is unconstitutional. 

The ruling could set the stage for all states, including Maine, to expand legalized gambling as a source of government revenue. 

Awesome! It’s about time.

Bottom line is you and I should be able to wager on sporting events in every state in this country including Maine.

I’m not sure if you noticed but we have a state run lottery here in Maine? Yup. Legal gambling. Scratch offs. Megabucks. Powerball.

We can bet on horse racing in person and via TV at race tracks.

We have multiple casinos in the state now which feature card games, slot machines roulette and more! Yet I can’t put $25 on the Celtics to cover.

There are always a few states talking about making sports gambling legal. Delaware and New Jersey come to mind but the NCAA has threatened to pull all events from those states if they pass a law making betting legal.

Maine would be the perfect state to challenge Nevada for some sports book revenue. We have no pro teams, and the NCAA should know that most of the nation won’t be making millions betting on U Maine sports.

Will it happen anytime soon? Odds are against it. But I bet you’d place a wager now and then if you could. I know I would.

Jeff Solari

About Jeff Solari

Jeff Solari is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, the Mount Desert Island native was the co-host of "The Drive" on 92.9 FM in Bangor.