North Carolina Sports Betting Legislation Falls Short; What Now?

Written By Eli Hershkovich on June 23, 2022
North Carolina Sports Betting

Despite a late surge in recent weeks, North Carolina sports betting was unable to reach legalization on Wednesday evening. More information on why the state will continue to disallow sports wagering — with the exception of two tribal-owned casinos — is below.

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North Carolina Sports Betting: Hold-Up In The House

Initially, the North Carolina House approved legalized sports betting by a single vote in the General Assembly, yet it subsequently shot down a different bill regarding the matter. With the second bill failing to pass, North Carolina sports betting wasn’t able to reach the end zone.

The main issue is regarding the impact of Senate Bill 38 on Senate Bill 688. It primarily revolves around how North Carolina sports betting would be taxed, along with how the revenue would be dispensed. The latest report noted that there was a proposed tax increase of 8.0% to 14.0% and a licensing fee spike of $500,000 to $1 million.

Many of those opposed to the bill also pointed to the Bible, viewing sports betting to be ethically wrong — with the potential for societal ramifications.

“It’s not worth the money to put this to our citizens,” Rep. Pat Hurley said.

Even if North Carolina sports betting had been legalized, wagering college sports across the U.S. would have been prohibited. That notion originally came from Rep. John Autry, formerly a producer of editor of coaching shows with former UNC men’s basketball coaches Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge. He specifically mentioned the point-shaving scandal between UNC and NC State in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

College sports betting has yet to be completely obstructed in any state. In Virginia, for instance, residents are only unable to bet in-state college teams.

Hope For North Carolina Sports Betting In The Near Future?

Despite all of the negative commentary that ensued, Rep. Jason Saine acknowledged that there is still time to legalize sports betting, as long as the bill returns to the committee before the June 30 deadline. He also stated that the most efficient approach would be to remove the dependence on SB 688.

Another amendment that could aid the process is to restrict the use of credit cards for sports betting accounts.

“My fear is it’s going to disproportionately affect people who can least afford it,” said Rep. Deb Butler said. “I feel that way about the lottery, too. I see people spending hard-earned dollars that they may not have to pursue something that is designed and conspires against them. The table always wins. The house always wins.”

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Eli Hershkovich is a lead sports betting writer with TheLines and Catena Media, formerly with Audacy and The Action Network. His goal is to provide you with data and information to lead you to winning bets. Eli is an avid college basketball gambler — among many other sports — and still hasn't forgiven Virginia for ruining his 2018-2019 Texas Tech futures.

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