Pros, cons of legalizing sports betting: Fast versus taking it slow Jill R. Dorson, SportsHandle · May 15, 2019 at 5:03 pm One year after the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, sports betting has been legalized, or operations have launched in 12 jurisdictions outside of Nevada. Of those 12, eight passed new legislation to authorize sports betting. The other four were either already grandfathered in to allow sports betting with nothing further deemed necessary (Delaware), already had laws on the books to allow sports betting (Mississippi, Pennsylvania), or operations launched at Indian casinos regardless of whether or not the state legislature made a determination that sports betting was legal (New Mexico). At least another 22 states have seen lawmakers introduce sports betting bills and in seven, legislation has produced multiple hearings, or a bill reaching full chambers for votes, or appears to be on the cusp of becoming law. But in many states, the paper died in the process. Finally, Oregon, which was grandfathered in under PASPA, is planning to launch a sports betting product through its lottery in the fall.