Is Federal Wire Act stumbling block for sports betting?


Leading lawmakers are asking the attorney general to determine whether online sports wagering would violate a law enacted nearly 60 years ago to target mob-related gambling.

The chairs of the legislative committees that oversee gambling — Rep. John Barker and Sen. Bud Estes — want to know whether sports wagering on mobile devices or the internet would violate the Federal Wire Act.

The Wire Act became law in 1961 as a way to stop illegal bookmaking by organized crime. The law barred U.S.-based casinos from using wire communications to accept interstate betting information and wagers.

Now, Barker and Estes . . .


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