TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Jul 1, 2019

Starting this month you can place legal bets in Tennessee, thanks to the new Sports Gaming Act. Tennessee is the first southern state to enact sports betting legislation in 2019, "an effort to capture dollars being wagered through illegal channels or at casinos in neighboring states," writes Alexander Hall in this month's Tennessee Bar Journal cover story. "Initially, Tennessee was considered a dark horse in the race for sports gambling legalization because of practical and political obstacles. Unlike other states to legalize sports gambling, Tennessee does not have any racetracks or brick-and-mortar casinos," so this new law is based on an entirely online sports betting platform. Read more of the background and how it will be implemented in this issue.