Published: February 6, 2022

As More States Legalize Sports Betting, Unlicensed Super Bowl Squares Pools Become Riskier

With Super Bowl 56 less than two weeks away, many NFL fans are probably thinking about hosting Super Bowl squares pools for their friends, their business colleagues or perhaps even a broader audience.

However, even though nearly half the states in the U.S. have legalized some form of licensed sports betting, it remains illegal in most states for a private individual, without a betting license, to operate a Super Bowl squares pools over the internet. In addition, unlicensed individuals who host their own sports betting contests over the internet are likely to attract the wrath of licensed operators, increasing the likelihood, depending on the nature of the unlicensed contest, of this getting authorities’ attention.

It has now been roughly three and a half years since the U.S. Supreme Court reached its seminal decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, in which the high court struck down the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act for violating the anti-commandeering clause of the U.S. Constitution. Since then, many states—including New York recently—have passed new laws to legalize and regulate sports gambling.

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