For a generation, Nevada was the only place in the country where people could legally bet on sports. But thanks to a May Supreme Court decision, many fans won’t have to travel or break the law to bet on their favorite teams this year.

Four states have joined Nevada in taking bets, and a handful of others are rushing to do the same as the race begins to convert bettors in the illegal market, which, even by conservative estimates, takes in at least $50 billion in bets every year.

To see what the fight looks like on the ground, VICE News traveled to New Jersey, where business owners and politicians have been fighting to legalize sports betting for almost a decade before the lawsuit filed by Monmouth Park, a New Jersey racetrack, made it all the way to the Supreme Court.

We also sat down with Ted Leonsis, the owner of four Washington sports teams, including the NBA’s Wizards and NHL’s Capitals, to see what he thinks legal sports betting will mean for the major sports leagues.

“Everything will become a competition,” Leonsis told VICE News. “It will become as mainstream and as one-touch and as baked into the way we do things as buying a book or getting a car on Uber.”

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13 Comments

BudG · September 8, 2018 at 3:02 pm

First in India,
First like!
First comment!

Kenny Martin · September 8, 2018 at 3:02 pm

First

candymr2 · September 8, 2018 at 3:09 pm

This doesnt stimulate the economy. It drains money from working people

abisz007007 · September 8, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Gambling…the tax for the poor

Libertarian Capitalist · September 8, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Whatever it takes us towards freedom, I'm fine with Donald Trump.

Mycel · September 8, 2018 at 3:18 pm

a) money laundering
b) that microbetting shit at the end sounds ridiculously fixable

these people are hella sleazy!

kevin dolan · September 8, 2018 at 3:25 pm

Evil scumbags

harvey blue · September 8, 2018 at 3:28 pm

Interesting news

Senura Kaduwela · September 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Jeez money suckers 😑

Josh Myers · September 8, 2018 at 3:37 pm

VICE IS FAKE NEWS

TK · September 8, 2018 at 3:41 pm

The House always win. People who gamble don't understand statistics.

Colin Chapman · September 8, 2018 at 3:44 pm

American society is sick…

Gary Murphy · September 8, 2018 at 3:53 pm

Betting like this is pretty normal in the uk and doesn’t really seem to be a big issue. People who already make illegal bets just now have a safer regulated to do it in the USA. People worrying about corruption shouldn’t get too worked up, sure there was a high profile case in top level Italian football around 10 years ago, but it’s pretty hard to buy off top level athletes who are making millions a year in football (soccer), the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, horse and dog racing, which have always been legal are the sports where corruption for gambling is most prevalent. Don’t get me wrong it’s not to say that fixing doesn’t happen, but it’s usually done by Eastern European or Chinese crime syndicates who are paying off athletes who don’t make a lot of money, and i assume that America will take the same regulations as Europe and players won’t be allowed to place bets on the sport that they are involved in regardless of the teams playing, or face lengthy bans and huge fines. The last well known case of a soccer player placing bets on games was a guy named joey Barton who’d been placing bets on games he had no involvement in whatsoever and he received a 24 month ban effectively ending his playing career. Sure gambling is addictive and can ruin lives, but the majority of people do it for a little bit of interest and nothing more.

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