Sports betting could spread to 32 U.S. states

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Legal sports betting could be offered in 32 states within five years if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of New Jersey's quest to offer such gambling, according to a new report.

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, which tracks state-by-state gambling legislation, said a new market would be worth more than $6 billion. If all 50 states got on board, legal sports betting could be worth $7.1 billion to $15.8 billion, they estimate.

Americans are already betting up to $60 billion annually using offshore sites and bookies, said Chris Grove, managing director for the firm. It's an industry that generates some $3 billion in revenue each year from U.S. customers.

"We estimate that a properly regulated market could be worth nearly five times that amount, resulting in a financial windfall for sports betting operators, sports leagues and media and state governments alike," Grove said.

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