North Carolina should embrace sports gambling, or get left behind By Charles Gillespie, Charlotte Observer January 5, 2019 at 12:08 pm Back in 2003 when I was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina, online poker and online sports betting took the campus by storm. We very much felt that we were part of a movement, the birth of a new industry. The websites were regulated, but not by anyone in America. The legality of the activity from an American perspective was certainly a shade of gray. In 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act became law and turned it into a much darker shade of gray. It is for that reason when I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, I departed North Carolina and the United States. I wanted to build a business and a career in the online gambling industry that excited me and I wanted to do it legally. I had little choice but to pursue my fortunes abroad.