Bet On It: The Complicated History and Uncertain Future of Sports Betting in the United States and How the Growing Industry Might Affect Technological Advancements

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In 2018, the Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting with its decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. As a lifelong sports fan, Mark Nobile decided to research the subject after reading an article that suggested that online sports betting would potentially expose cybersecurity weaknesses if the issue was not addressed prior to states creating their own sports betting industries since the industries would have a uniquely online presence. Nobile gave a brief history of sports betting in the United States and cited several important pieces of legislation that have brought the online sports betting industry to where it is today. While the 2018 Murphy decision has allowed for states to determine the legality of sports betting within their borders, Nobile also pointed out areas that still need further consideration—like the continued use of the Federal Wire Act (1961) and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (2006), as well as how the federal government can provide more regulatory guidelines in order to support the industry.

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