When it comes to updates on South Carolina betting becoming legal, not many positives have been coming in. In recent years, there have been different initiatives put in front of legislation, but nothing has been able to get done. Next door in North Carolina, legal sports wagers are coming in January. However, the North Carolina online betting delay could have a big impact on South Carolina.
According to multiple reports, there’s a chance that online betting for NC may not come until early June. If that’s the case, then it’s going to only add to the stress for betting proponents. However, this is also important for South Carolina for several reasons. For starters, don’t forget that officials in SC are looking at how things play out in North Carolina to help model a sports betting bill for the future.
On top of that, people in South Carolina are also counting down the days for NC betting to be made legal so that they can travel across state lines and post their bets too. You better believe that tourism from South Carolina to North Carolina is going to be sky-high once betting arrives. However, if no online betting is put in place to start, that will have people in South Carolina rethinking their travel plans.
Only time will tell how things play out for North Carolina, but things will launch sooner rather than later. However, the uncertainty about the online options is troubling not only for people in that state, but South Carolina as well. We should find out soon which steps will be taken soon for the NC betting push, but this is also going to be an issue for legislators in South Carolina to keep a close eye on as well.
The North Carolina State Lottery Commission's sports betting committee will meet today to discuss… well, sports betting. The regulator is working toward a launch of online sports wagering in the state after early January but before mid-June of next year. pic.twitter.com/yh1E7nrQAl
— Geoff Zochodne (@GeoffZochodne) October 17, 2023
What’s coming for the South Carolina betting push?
What’s coming for the South Carolina betting push? This is a question people in the state have been asking themselves nonstop in recent months. Unfortunately, there haven’t really been any updates on things other than the fact that the latest attempt to try and get things legalized didn’t go as planned. However, the fact that North Carolina is moving forward with legal betting should provide people in SC with a lot of optimism.
Right now, the general feeling is that unless some sort of a miracle arrives, there will be no legal sports betting in South Carolina for 2024. The good thing here, though, is with things moving forward in North Carolina, people can cross state lines and get their bets in over there. That will just be a temporary solution until things get done for South Carolina. So, with 2024 not being likely, what about 2025?
From our chair, 2025 feels like the most likely option for South Carolina. This will give officials more than enough time to try and put the right sports betting bill in place. The last thing anyone wants to see is some sort of a bill get put together too quickly. We’ve seen that happen in the past and nothing good or positive has come from it. These kinds of things need to be properly developed and not rushed.
There are plenty of people who are hoping for legal SC betting, but there are also a lot of folks against it. Gambling addiction has been at the center of the negative discussions on this project. However, no one can deny the fact that the betting revenue potential for South Carolina would be quite high. This is something politicians need to meet in the middle about. Once they do, then some good news on this betting effort could be on the way.
South Carolina continues to miss out on revenue for the football season
This time of year too, South Carolina continues to miss out on revenue for the football season and it’s a major bummer. While there are no professional teams in the state, people love checking the NFL betting odds in the fall and seeing where some of their favorite teams stack up. However, no legal bets are being put in place. The illegal action is climbing, which is concerning across the board.
With the college game, people love checking the NCAAF betting odds, especially for the South Carolina Gamecocks. The SEC powerhouse is always a team to watch during the season and they have some fantastic games on the schedule. People in South Carolina would absolutely love to bet on USC when they’re hosting teams like the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Unfortunately, things have been prevented from going down for a while now. As we mentioned above, it doesn’t look like 2024 will be the year when sports betting makes its way to South Carolina, but people should definitely keep 2025 in mind. There’s a long process ahead for this sports betting push, but with the way things are going in North Carolina, it could lead to history being made for SC as well. We can only hope officials find a way to make this happen.
Time to handle business 🤙 pic.twitter.com/fEYoyL13ec
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) July 20, 2023