Since the Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018 struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA), states have been proposing legislation to legalize sports betting. Prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to repeal the Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), Oregon was already one of four states exempt from PASAP when the law originally passed in 1992. Oregon was partially grandfathered into sports betting because the state already allowed it in 1992 through a form of parlay sports betting known as Sports Action, which was discontinued following the 2007 NFL season. But state regulators took no action to regulate the industry.
Oregon residents and fans within the state may be able to bet on pro football games as early as the 2019 season. Other sports including MLB, NBA, NHL, soccer, tennis, boxing and UFC would be offered. Wagering on college sports would not be allowed.
Plans to roll out both mobile and retail sports betting are in the works with mobile betting potentially available in time for the start of the 2019 NFL season on Sept. 5. Oregon has nine Indian casinos where legal sports betting could be offered. The legal age for gambling in Oregon is 21.
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The Oregon Lottery is working in conjunction with SBTech to finalize its sports betting platform. SBTech is a European vendor with a presence in five U.S. casinos and partnerships with Churchill Downs and Golden Nugget.
The Oregon Lottery has broad authority to expand offerings and authorize sports betting. New legislation is not needed to move forward. Betting on sports with win bets and against the spread would be initially offered, while in-game wagering would be rolled out at a later time along with kiosks to place bets.
Despite a lawmaker’s amendment to House Bill 3389 that was proposed in June, 2019 to prohibit sports betting on mobile devices, the state lottery is likely to move forward with sports betting on mobile devices.