SALEM, Oregon – The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a law that banned sports betting in most states. Oregon wasn’t a part of that ban. It was exempted from the sports betting law because of Oregon Lottery’s Sports Action game based on the National Football League.
The lottery commission ended Sports Action because the NCAA refused to hold playoffs in Oregon while the game existed. Now, lottery spokesman Chuck Bauman says they’ll be watching to see what happens if other states start allowing sports gambling.
“What the reaction of the NCAA will be, the Oregon lottery will certainly be paying attention to that,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bauman says the lottery does have a new sports game coming.
“We do have a virtual sports game that will be coming out in the near future,” he said. “That’s been part of our strategic plan for a while.”
Bauman says the lottery won’t add new sports betting without getting input from state leaders and the NCAA.