High Wire Act Ahead For Online, Mobile Sports Betting

Just a month after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision overturning a federal ban on sports gambling, sportsbooks are already getting up and running at brick and mortar locations in Delaware and New Jersey, with several other states expected to follow soon.

Although establishing legal sports betting at physical locations is relatively straightforward, the online and mobile channels present a more complex challenge — largely due to the federal Wire Act.

Passed in 1961 to combat illegal bookmaking over the telephone, the law prohibits sports wagers to be made across state lines, even if such gambling is legal in both states.

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