The Tennessee House is debating a bill that would allow for legalized sports betting, under the regulation of the Tennessee Lottery. In previous versions of the bill, sports betting would be offered in 50 different retail locations and over the internet. However, now the bill would allow for mobile sports betting only.
Ten licenses would be offered for operators and sports books at a cost of $750,000 each.
Another amendment has been added that prevent people from betting on Sundays and a few select holidays, like Easter. Sundays is when the U.S.’s most popular sport, NFL football, holds the majority of its games. The committee has ruled against this amendment, 10-9.
The bill has received significant opposition. Thirteen votes have requested a delay in a vote. A new discussion will be held on April 1st.