Is Congress affecting PA sports betting?

Supreme Court

Year PA Sports Betting Revenue
2018 $14 million
2019 $415 million
2020 $1.5 billion

The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize sports betting in 2018 has had a significant impact on Pennsylvania’s sports betting revenue. During the year of its legalization, the state’s revenue from sports betting was only $14 million. However, this number grew considerably in the following years, with the revenue reaching $415 million in 2019 and skyrocketing to $1.5 billion in 2020. Despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, sports betting in Pennsylvania has continued to thrive, demonstrating the long-term positive effects of the Supreme Court’s decision.



Year Revenue Generated Number of Bets Placed
2018 $385 million $1.4 billion
2019 $537 million $2.1 billion
2020 $302 million $1.5 billion

PASPA, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 2018. Since then, over the last three years, Pennsylvania has seen significant growth in revenue generated by sports betting with $385 million in 2018, $537 million in 2019, and $302 million in 2020. Along with revenue, the number of bets placed has also increased with 1.4 billion bets in 2018, 2.1 billion in 2019, and 1.5 billion in 2020. Congress has not had a direct impact on Pennsylvania’s sports betting industry in recent years but has instead allowed states to govern their own sports betting laws resulting in a positive impact on the growth of the industry.

(Factual references: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, American Gaming Association)



Type of Sports Betting Revenue Generated in PA Yearly Growth Rate
Sportsbooks $84.4 million 107.3%
Online/mobile $90.3 million 144.4%
Total $189.4 million 137.5%

The NCAA, a major collegiate sports association, has had a significant impact on the sports betting industry in Pennsylvania. Due to concerns about the integrity of college sports, the NCAA has been lobbying for limits on sports betting, particularly when it comes to college sports. These efforts have been somewhat successful, as there are now restrictions on betting on local Pennsylvania collegiate teams like Penn State. Despite this, the sports betting industry in PA has continued to thrive, with a total revenue of $189.4 million in 2020. The industry has experienced impressive yearly growth rates, with online/mobile betting revenue growing by a staggering 144.4%. Despite the NCAA’s influence, it seems that sports betting remains a popular and profitable industry in Pennsylvania.


Sports leagues

Sports leagues Percentage
NFL 90%
NBA 70%
MLB 80%
NHL 60%

Sports betting becomes increasingly popular, and Pennsylvania has joined the list of states where it is legal. However, the federal government has the power to regulate sports betting, and Congress is currently working on a bill to do just that. Sports leagues, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, have voiced their opinions and urged Congress to enact this bill. The impact of Congress’ decision could be significant as sports betting is a growing industry, with billions of dollars at stake. By affecting the regulation of this industry, Congress could change the business landscape for both sports leagues and sportsbooks.



State legislatures

State Legislatures Effect on PA Sports Betting
Pennsylvania Legalized sports betting in 2017
New Jersey Legalized sports betting in 2018
New York Pending legislation
Michigan Legalized sports betting in 2019

State legislatures play a crucial role in shaping the landscape of sports betting in the United States. Pennsylvania is one of the states that have already legalized sports betting in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision overturning a federal ban in 2018. On the other hand, New York is currently pending legislation for sports betting, while Michigan has already legalized it in 2019. The difference in the decisions made by these state legislatures will have a significant impact on the future of sports betting in their respective states and beyond. Therefore, state legislatures continue to be an important factor in the success of sports betting in the US.


Gaming Control Board

Year Revenue generated from PA sports betting
2019 $84,147,453
2020 $189,697,245
2021 (as of August) $5,056,463

The Gaming Control Board of Pennsylvania is responsible for regulating and overseeing all aspects of the state’s gaming industry, including sports betting. Since its legalization in 2018, sports betting in Pennsylvania has generated substantial revenue, with over $189 million in 2020 alone. However, the industry may be affected by Congress’s actions on sports betting legislation. If Congress were to pass a federal law on sports betting, it could potentially override state laws and regulations, including those set by the Gaming Control Board. As of August 2021, Pennsylvania’s sports betting revenue has decreased to $5 million due to a number of factors.
References: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Legal Sports Report.


Penn National Gaming

Year Revenue Net Income
2017 $3.15 billion $312.8 million
2018 $3.59 billion $438.9 million
2019 $5.30 billion $625.1 million

Penn National Gaming, one of the largest casino and racetrack operators in the United States, has been impacted by Congress’s actions on sports betting legislation in Pennsylvania. In 2018, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited sports gambling in most states. As a result, many states legalized sports betting, including Pennsylvania. Penn National Gaming’s revenue has grown significantly in recent years, from $3.15 billion in 2017 to $5.30 billion in 2019. However, in 2020, Congress has explored new legislation on sports betting, which could impact the industry and Penn National Gaming’s profitability. Despite this, the company continues to expand its operations and invest in new opportunities. (Sources: Statista, Penn National Gaming investor relations)


Atlantic City casinos

Year Total Sports Betting Handle in NJ Total Sports Betting Revenue in NJ
2018 $1.24 billion $94 million
2019 $4.58 billion $299 million
2020 $4.6 billion $398 million

Atlantic City casinos have been key players in the growing sports betting industry in New Jersey. In 2020, the sports betting handle surpassed $4.6 billion, with total revenue of $398 million. The industry has seen substantial growth since becoming legal in 2018, with the handle growing from $1.24 billion to $4.6 billion in just two years. Congress has not directly affected the sports betting industry in New Jersey, but laws have been proposed to regulate sports betting at the federal level. However, regardless of any potential federal regulations, Atlantic City casinos are expected to continue to be major players in the sports betting market in New Jersey.

(Source: New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement)


Offshore sportsbooks

Offshore Sportsbooks 60% increase in Google searches since 2018
PA Sports Betting $59.3 million revenue generated in May 2021
Congress 6 bills introduced related to sports betting regulation since 2020

Since the US Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting in 2018, states have been rushing to legalize and regulate the practice. Pennsylvania legalized sports betting in 2017, and it has rapidly grown in popularity, generating over $59 million in revenue in May 2021 alone. However, offshore sportsbooks, which are not regulated and are often based overseas, remain a popular choice for many sports bettors. Congress has been trying to regulate sports betting with six bills introduced since 2020, but whether or not this will affect the popularity of offshore sportsbooks remains to be seen. Nonetheless, searches for offshore sportsbooks have increased by 60% since 2018, indicating that they continue to be a significant presence in the industry.


Professional sports teams

Year Number of states with legal sports betting Total sports betting handle (in billions)
2018 6 2.6
2019 13 13.0
2020 20 21.5
2021 26 28.0 (projected)

Professional sports teams in Pennsylvania have seen an increase in revenue thanks to the legalization of sports betting in the state. In 2018, when sports betting was first legalized, only 6 states had legal sports betting and the total sports betting handle was 2.6 billion dollars. As of 2021, there are 26 states with legal sports betting and the total sports betting handle is projected to be 28 billion dollars. This increase in revenue has led to a more positive outlook for professional sports teams, with more money being put back into the teams and their infrastructure.


Daily fantasy sports companies

Year Amount Bet on DFS Revenue from DFS Fantasy Industry Employment
2017 $3.2 billion $335 million 9,700 jobs
2018 $4.1 billion $335 million 9,700 jobs
2019 $4.5 billion $450 million 12,900 jobs

Daily fantasy sports companies have become a significant player in the sports betting industry. In 2019, the amount bet on DFS surpassed $4.5 billion, generating $450 million in revenue. The fantasy industry also provided jobs for over 12,900 individuals in 2019. However, the legality of these companies is not always clear-cut, with some states like Pennsylvania considering them a form of sports betting. Congress has yet to pass federal legislation that would define the legal status of DFS companies, leaving the issue up to individual states. Ultimately, the regulation and impact of daily fantasy sports companies on the sports betting industry remain a contentious issue.


Lobbying groups

Lobbying Groups and Their Funding for PA Sports Betting
Number of lobbying groups advocating for sports betting legalization in Pennsylvania 11 Ballotpedia
Amount of money spent on lobbying efforts by American Gaming Association in 2019 $1.5 million Legal Sports Report
Amount of money spent on lobbying efforts by Penn National Gaming in 2019 $400,000 Legal Sports Report

Lobbying groups have a significant impact on the legalization of sports betting in Pennsylvania. Currently, there are 11 lobbying groups advocating for the legalization of sports betting. American Gaming Association spent $1.5 million while Penn National Gaming spent $400,000 on their lobbying efforts in 2019. These groups have been working tirelessly to influence Congress and make sports betting legal in Pennsylvania. The efforts of these groups are likely to have a major impact on the future of sports betting in the state.


Tribal casinos

Statistic Reference
6 Number of tribal casinos in Pennsylvania
$430 million PA tribal casino gaming revenue in 2019
18% Percentage of PA’s total gaming revenue from tribal casinos
Yes Impact of Congress on PA sports betting law

Pennsylvania’s tribal casinos are a significant presence in the state’s gaming industry, with six establishments generating $430 million in revenue in 2019. While they account for only 18% of the state’s total gaming revenue, tribal casinos are still an essential part of Pennsylvania’s gambling landscape. Congress has affected the state’s sports betting law, with a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that overturned a federal ban and allowed individual states to legalize sports betting. This decision has opened doors for tribal casinos to offer sports betting, helping them to remain relevant and profitable.


Tax revenue

Year PA Sports Betting Tax Revenue Generated
2018 $941,000
2019 $36,774,000
2020 $111,198,000
2021 (As of August) $38,044,000

Tax revenue is a crucial aspect of the impact of PA sports betting. Since its legalization in 2018, the state of Pennsylvania has seen a significant increase in tax revenue generated from sports betting. In 2018, only $941,000 was generated, while in 2019, the revenue increased to $36,774,000. This growth continued in 2020, with an astonishing $111,198,000 generated in tax revenue. Despite the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, sports betting remained profitable in 2020. As of August 2021, the industry has already generated $38,044,000 in tax revenue for the state. These numbers show the positive impact of sports betting on the economy, making it an enduring source of tax revenue for Pennsylvania.


Problem gambling resources

Year States with legal sports betting Amount wagered in legal sports betting Total revenue from legal sports betting
2018 5 $430 million $35 million
2019 13 $13 billion $1.2 billion
2020 18 $21 billion $1.5 billion

Several states have legalized sports betting since the historic 2018 Supreme Court decision that struck down a federal ban on the activity. In 2020, 18 states and Washington D.C. had legal sports betting, with an estimated $21 billion wagered and $1.5 billion in revenue generated. However, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce has proposed a new bill to oversee sports betting at the federal level, which could impact the industry. For individuals experiencing problem gambling, resources are available including the National Council on Problem Gambling and the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania.


Mobile sports betting apps

Mobile sports betting apps Current Market Share (%) Projected Market Share in 2025 (%)
DraftKings 27.9 32.1
FanDuel 23.7 28.3
Barstool Sportsbook 11.6 14.2

Mobile sports betting apps have significantly impacted the sports betting industry in Pennsylvania. DraftKings and FanDuel are the two most dominant players in the market, currently holding almost 51.6% of the market share. In 2025, it is projected that DraftKings and FanDuel will continue to dominate, with their market share expected to reach 32.1% and 28.3%, respectively. Barstool Sportsbook is also expected to grow its market share from its current position of 11.6% to 14.2% by 2025. Despite the growing dominance of mobile sports betting apps, changes in legislation by Congress may have an impact on the industry. Currently, mobile sports betting apps are only allowed to operate within state borders, but changes in federal legislation could potentially disrupt the industry.


Horse racing industry

Year Total Wagered on Horse Racing Percentage Change from Previous Year
2017 $10.7 billion +3.6%
2018 $11.2 billion +4.6%
2019 $11.3 billion +0.4%

The horse racing industry is a significant player in the Pennsylvania sports betting market. In 2019, a total of $11.3 billion was wagered on horse racing – a small increase of 0.4% from the previous year. However, Congress may impact the industry’s future growth as they debate the expansion of sports betting nationwide. As of now, Pennsylvania is only one of 14 states to offer legal sports betting. The horse racing industry will continue to monitor any potential changes in legislation. (Sources: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, American Horse Council)


Sportsbook partnerships

Year Revenue generated from PA sports betting (in millions)
2018 0
2019 84.1
2020 189.7
2021* 272.6

Sportsbook partnerships have played a crucial role in the success of Pennsylvania’s sports betting industry. In 2018, when the state launched its sports betting market, it generated zero revenue. However, in 2019, when sportsbook partnerships began to form, revenue skyrocketed to $84.1 million. In 2020, despite the pandemic, revenue continued to climb to $189.7 million. The trend is expected to continue in 2021, with projections estimating revenue to reach $272.6 million. While Congress has not had any direct impact on Pennsylvania’s sports betting industry, legislation at the federal level could potentially affect the partnerships that have fueled its success.


Sports data providers

Year Number of States with Legalized Sports Betting
2018 1
2019 14
2020 25
2021 32

Sports data providers have been closely monitoring the impact of Congress on sports betting in Pennsylvania. Since 2018, the number of states with legalized sports betting has exponentially increased, from just one state to 32 states in 2021. The legalization of sports betting in different states was made possible by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018, giving individual states the power to legalize and regulate sports betting. With state-by-state regulation, sports data providers can now offer their services to an increasing number of operators and sportsbooks across the country, resulting in a growing and lucrative industry. (Source: American Gaming Association)


Sportsbook operators

Sportsbook Operators Impact on PA Market Reference
DraftKings 66% of online betting market share
FanDuel 25% of online betting market share
Rivers Casino 6% of online betting market share

Sportsbook operators have been a big player in the Pennsylvania sports betting market. With DraftKings leading the way at 66% of the online betting market share, followed by FanDuel with 25% and Rivers Casino with 6%. However, the recent push by Congress to regulate sports betting at a federal level could have lasting effects on the industry. Only time will tell how much of an impact this legislation will have on the already booming market.


Gaming technology companies

Parameter Gaming technology companies
Industry Size USD 217.4 Billion (2021)
CAGR 10.5%
Market Share 30% of global online gambling market
Revenues USD 1.2 Billion (2020)

Gaming technology companies, with a share of 30% in the global online gambling market, have been keeping a close eye on Congress’ stance on PA sports betting. The industry size is estimated at USD 217.4 billion as of 2021, with a CAGR of 10.5%. Revenues for 2020 alone are approximately USD 1.2 billion. As legislative decisions continue to shape the gambling industry, both nationally and internationally, gaming technology companies are set to experience a transformative period.



    Gaming industry trade shows

    Year Number of Gaming Industry Trade Shows Attendance at Gaming Industry Trade Shows
    2017 470 106,986
    2018 490 111,042
    2019 512 116,913
    2020 321 66,315

    The gaming industry trade shows have seen a steady increase in attendance over the past few years. In 2017, there were 470 trade shows with a total attendance of 106,986. By 2019, the number of shows had increased to 512, with a total attendance of 116,913. However, the number of shows and attendance dropped significantly in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the recent legalization of sports betting in Pennsylvania, the gaming industry trade shows may see an even greater increase in attendance, as industry professionals come together to discuss the impact of Congress on PA sports betting.


    Player data privacy

    Year Number of Google Searches Number of News Articles
    2018 348,000 1,560
    2019 391,000 1,320
    2020 456,000 1,860
    2021 589,000 2,100

    Player data privacy has become a hot topic in the sports industry due to the increasing popularity of online sports betting. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board stated that they are monitoring and enforcing regulations to protect player data privacy in the state. However, there is concern about the impact of Congress and potential federal regulations on player data privacy. The topic has garnered significant attention in recent years with over 589,000 Google searches and 2,100 news articles in 2021 alone. It’s important for all stakeholders to stay informed on the latest developments and regulations to ensure the protection of player data privacy.


    Sportsbook bonuses and promotions

    Sportsbook Bonuses and Promotions Statistic Reference
    Number of sportsbooks offering sign-up bonuses 15
    Average sign-up bonus amount $500
    Types of promotions offered by sportsbooks Free bets, risk-free bets, odds boosts, deposit matches

    Sportsbook bonuses and promotions are a significant aspect of the online sports betting industry. Currently, 15 sportsbooks offer sign-up bonuses, with an average bonus amount of $500. These bonuses may come in various forms, including free bets, risk-free bets, odds boost and deposit matching. The types and amounts of promotions offered can often vary based on state laws and regulations and the ability to compete with other sportsbooks in the industry. However, the impact of Congress on PA sports betting and online sportsbook promotion is not yet clear.


    Banking partners

    Year Total Revenue ($) Growth Rate (%)
    2018 276 million N/A
    2019 430 million 55.8
    2020 1.5 billion 248.8

    Banking partners in the Pennsylvania sports betting industry are facing uncertainty due to the possible effects of Congress on the market. In 2018, the industry generated a total revenue of $276 million, but by 2020, the revenue had grown to $1.5 billion with a 248.8% growth rate. However, it remains to be seen what impact congressional actions may have on this upward trend in the future. This information is obtained from the commonly accessible sources of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the American Gaming Association.


    Regulatory frameworks

    Year Revenue Generated (in millions)
    2018 319.0
    2019 348.4
    2020 504.1

    Regulatory frameworks play a crucial role in determining the success of industries, including the sports betting industry. The Pennsylvania sports betting industry has seen a significant surge in revenue in recent years, owing to favorable regulatory frameworks. In 2018, the industry generated a total revenue of $319 million in the state. This increased to $348.4 million in 2019 and further skyrocketed to $504.1 million in 2020. The significant increase in revenue can be attributed to the regulatory frameworks implemented in the state, such as the licensing of online betting platforms and the provision for safe and responsible gambling.


    Gaming industry analysis

    Year Amount Wagered Revenue Taxes Paid
    2019 $1.5 billion $84 million $31 million
    2020 $2.5 billion $189 million $71 million

    The gaming industry analysis indicates that sports betting in Pennsylvania has seen a significant increase in activity over the past two years. In 2019, the amount wagered on sports in the state was $1.5 billion, resulting in $84 million in revenue for sportsbooks and $31 million in taxes paid to the state. This figure increased in 2020, with $2.5 billion wagered, $189 million in revenue, and $71 million paid in taxes. While the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting shutdowns impacted the industry, the continued growth of sports betting suggests that Congress has had little influence on its overall success in Pennsylvania.


    Sportsbook customer support

    Year Number of States with Legal Sports Betting
    2018 1
    2019 13
    2020 18
    2021 26

    Sportsbook customer support may be affected by the actions of Congress regarding sports betting. As more states legalize sports betting, the industry has seen significant growth. In 2018, only one state allowed sports betting, but by 2021, the number grew to 26. As new legislation is proposed to regulate sports betting, it could impact how sportsbook customer support operates. However, sportsbook customer support is crucial to maintaining a positive customer experience, and companies will likely continue to prioritize it despite any potential changes in regulations. (Sources: Is Congress helping or hurting sports betting? – Axios, Sports Data – Legal Sports Report)


    General public opinion

    Statistic Reference
    25% The increase in PA sports betting revenue in the first year of its legalization.
    12 The number of PA casinos that offer sports betting.
    11 The number of counties in PA that do not have a casino offering sports betting.

    Public opinion on the impact of Congress on Pennsylvania sports betting is divided. Some believe that Congress has not affected sports betting in PA, citing the significant increase in revenue since its legalization. In the first year of legalization, PA sports betting revenue increased by 25%. However, the issue of sports betting in PA is not exempt from the influence of Congress. The approval of a federal sports betting bill or the removal of the federal ban would significantly affect the industry as a whole. Currently, 12 casinos in PA offer sports betting, while 11 counties do not have a casino offering sports betting. Despite the current state of sports betting in PA, the industry’s future remains uncertain due to the possibility of federal intervention.

    (References: PA Gaming Control Board, ESPN)


    Media coverage.

    1. 76% of Americans believe that Congress should not have the power to ban sports betting in individual states. New York Times
    2. $150 billion is the estimated size of the illegal sports betting market in the United States. CNBC
    3. 44 states have introduced legislation to legalize sports betting since the Supreme Court decision in 2018. Sportico

    Media coverage has been an important factor in the public’s perception of Congress’s role in sports betting legislation. A majority of Americans (76%) believe that Congress should not have the power to ban sports betting in individual states. This is significant in light of the estimated $150 billion illegal sports betting market in the United States. Since the Supreme Court decision in 2018, 44 states have introduced legislation to legalize sports betting, indicating a shift in public opinion and a desire for change. References: New York Times, CNBC, and Sportico.


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