Is Sports Betting Legal?

David Purdum was covering sports betting long before the Supreme Court ruling opened up the industry. Now that it has, he’s seeing a different landscape.

The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement stipulates that anyone affiliated with the league—players, team officials or those who work for a team or the NHL—is not allowed to place bets on any NHL game. The rule also applies to WNBA games, G-League and Basketball Africa league matches and NBA2K league games. It’s worth noting, however, that the NHL does not prohibit players or those who work for the league from placing bets on other sports.

In the US, state laws and regulations dictate whether sports betting is legal. Licensed operators must verify customer identities and run a KYC process, which includes a background check for any criminal charges or gambling-related convictions. In addition, all regulated operators must have a responsible gaming program that offers tools to identify problem gamblers and link them with support services.

To ensure that you’re placing bets responsibly, research each sportsbook. Read reviews and look at each site’s terms of service to see which ones are right for you. You should also investigate which sports are offered and what types of bets you can place. Lastly, never place a bet on a website you’re unfamiliar with.