Three bills for mobile betting in Mississippi fail to progress

Mississippi’s sports betting market will remain restricted to land-based sportsbooks for the foreseeable future.

Three bills that would have expanded Mississippi’s sports betting market to allow for statewide mobile betting failed to progress out of the committee stage last week.

No mobile betting any time soon

Although a version of mobile betting, where casino sportsbooks can create a mobile app to be used on the venue’s premises, is permitted, this is not true mobile sports betting. On top of this, none of Mississippi’s commercial casino sportsbooks have used this approach.

The three failed pieces of legislation, SB 2396, SB 2732 and HB 1042 would have expanded the state’s sports betting market to allow for true statewide mobile sports betting. 

SB 2396 would have allowed each of Mississippi’s casino operators to launch an online sportsbook product. 

Meanwhile, SB 2732 and HB 1042 would have amended the existing sports betting legislation to allow for true statewide online betting.

Sports betting in Mississippi

Mississippi was one of the few states to legalize sports betting in 2018. In 2017, the state repealed a section of its law that prohibited sports betting and began work on forging sports betting regulations. 

Once the Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018, Mississippi went on to launch sports betting operations in August 2018.

Following the return of sporting events towards the end of 2020, Mississippi’s betting market saw revenue more than double year-on-year. In November Mississippi’s sportsbooks generated $8.1m in revenue and in December sportsbooks in the state generated a further $7.7m. 

Although the market is beginning to mature, with monthly figures showing consistent growth, online and mobile betting would provide the state with a much-needed boost. When compared with other markets in the US with true online and mobile betting, Mississippi’s market falls incredibly short.

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