Regulators say Supreme Court ruling could bring sports betting to Montana

Posted at 5:43 PM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 19:43:44-04

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday to lift a federal ban on sports betting, but don’t expect changes in Montana right away.

"There is not an immediate effect of the ruling on Montana. What it does is open the potential for legislators to bring legislation regarding sports betting in our next legislative session. There’s definitely a lot involved in regulating that type of activity," said Angela Nunn, the administrator of the Montana’s gambling controlling division. 

"I have heard that there is interest in that in Montana, but it will depend on the legislators appetite for that type of gambling here in Montana," Nunn added. 

Montana biennial legislative session will convene in January.

In its ruling on the 26-year-old law, the high court said individual states must decide on whether to allow sports betting.

The CEO of the American Gaming Association, Geoff Freeeman, praised the decision.

 "A victory for the millions of Americans who seek to bet on sports in a safe and regulated manner," Freeman said in a conference call. 

See also: U.S. Supreme Court lets states legalize sports gambling