PA Could Be Sports Betting Model

Should Other States Approach Sports Betting Like Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania was one of the first states in America to legalize sports betting, with bettors having the option to place wagers in a number of ways. Some of the discussion surrounding sports betting has been shaped by the state, with many wondering if other states should introduce the industry in the same way that Pennsylvania has.

A Mix of Sports Betting Options

Pennsylvania is one of the few states that has allowed both in-person sports betting as well as online sports betting. While it did take a while for the state to introduce online sports betting, the ability to wager online has finally gone live for those in the state. And that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the number of sports betting options that are available to bettors in Pennsylvania, as bettors can take part in in-person wagering as well as kiosk betting.

Kiosk betting has been an especially popular form of sports betting, as bettors are able to place their bets in physical locations without having to explain their bets to an employee at a sportsbook. These kiosks list the same available bets as sportsbooks in most cases, with bettors simply being able to tap a few buttons in order to make a bet. That kind of convenience isn't the norm in all states, which begs the question: why aren't all states taking the lead from the Keystone State?

Comparing Pennsylvania to nearby states is particularly illuminating in showcasing how well the state has put together its sports betting offerings. New Jersey offers similar options to Pennsylvania, but nearby New York continues to grow further away from Pennsylvania with every piece of PA sports betting news that comes across. With New York working on physical location sports betting, but no sign of online betting, it's clear that Pennsylvania is miles ahead of some of its more high-profile neighbors.

What's Next For Pennsylvania?

While other states are looking to catch up, Pennsylvania is continuing to evolve their sports betting offerings. The next logical step for the state would have to be the addition of more sportsbooks to choose from, especially in an online betting situation. The state doesn't have many online betting options at this time, which makes that a prime candidate for the next round of expansion in the state.

Also, something that sports fans would like to see down the road could be involvement from the teams themselves. With the massive popularity of the Sixers, Flyers, Phillies and Eagles in the state, continued legalization could help those teams get involved in sports betting in the future. This would require the major pro sports leagues themselves getting more comfortable with sports betting as a whole. What this could look like in the future is anyone's guess, but in-venue sports betting kiosks would be something that could revolutionize the industry in the United States again.

There is no doubt that other states should be looking to Pennsylvania for figuring out how to implement wagering. And as more states continue to legalize, expect them to follow Pennsylvania's lead as they have emerged along with Nevada and New Jersey as one of the leaders industry-wide.

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