When the US Supreme Court ruled to repeal the Professional Amateur SportsProtection Act (PASPA), it opened the door for every state to offer legal sports betting.
At the time of the ruling, Oregon was one of four states exempt from PASPA when the law originally passed in 1992. The state already was partially grandfathered into sports betting because it already allowed it in 1992, but state legislators took no action to regulate the industry.
That’s about to change.
The Oregon Lottery announced shortly before the May 2018 Supreme Court decision that struck down PASPA that it would not need any new legislation to reintroduce sports betting in the state. It has subsequently moved forward with plans to roll out both mobile and retail operations via the Oregon Lottery prior to the 2019 NFL season with SB Tech as its sportsbook platform provider.
The plan is to introduce mobile betting first, followed by retail locations in the form of kiosks and lottery retailers.
One potential hindrance exists via a recent amendment filled to a state lottery-focused bill, HB339. The wording of the proposed legislation by Sen. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) would prohibit the Oregon State Lottery Commission from operating any game where tickets may be purchased either online or “via a personal computer, mobile device or other personal electronic device.”
The bill remains in the chamber’s Revenue Committee for the time being.
What still needs to happen?
The Oregon Lottery is presumably continuing to work in conjunction with SBTech to finalize its sports betting platform ahead of NFL season. Eventually, betting will be available via kiosks and lottery retailers in addition to mobile platforms.
Projected sports betting launch date
The Oregon Lottery is projecting a launch date of mobile sports betting prior to the start of the 2019 NFL season on Sept. 5, with retail locations to presumably open for sports betting business shortly thereafter.