Following the Supreme Court ruling that found the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) unconstitutional, Rep. Rick Staples sponsored HB 1, a bill that would allow for legal sports betting in Tennessee.
Although the bill faced some opposition in the House of Representatives, the bill passed through the Senate with very little difficulty. However, Governor Bill Lee expressed a reluctance to sign the bill and intimated that he would let it pass into law without his signature. According to state law, a bill doesn’t require the signature of the governor to pass into law.
In June 2019, sports gambling in Tennessee was officially legalized. The state then set about creating a legal framework for the regulation of the industry and on November 1st, 2020, legal betting in Tennessee became a reality.
The new legislation only allows for mobile sports betting and there are no plans to introduce new legislation or amend the existing bill to include retail sportsbooks.
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