Online Sports Betting and the Constitution

Currently, there are several states in the United States that allow residents to place bets on sporting events via the Internet. Ohio is slated to begin legalized online sports betting on January 1, 2023. The state’s governor, Mike DeWine, signed House Bill 29 into law in December.

Despite the fact that the Internet allows for the emergence of online gambling businesses, the issue has also raised concerns about the use of the Internet by fraudsters. Typically, fraudsters will set up a fraudulent website to lure players into another transaction. They may suggest that they have a seal of approval from a respected authority or ask the player to contact their support.

The US Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 in 2018, which allowed states to authorize legalized online sports betting. However, there are still some concerns about the Constitutional validity of the Commerce Clause in regulating gambling in the U.S. Similarly, there have been challenges to the federal government’s enforcement of gambling laws on constitutional grounds.

A recent case involving the Department of Justice has raised constitutional objections to prosecuting illegal Internet gambling. In this case, a group of internet poker operators are charged with violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

According to Section 1956 of the United States Code, illegal Internet gambling is defined as transmitting bets, receiving bets, or placing bets on the Internet. The statute includes age verification, location verification, and appropriate data security standards.