Texas Tech University

Expert: Sports Gambling Legalization Could Provide Some Big Opportunities

Glenys Young

May 15, 2018

Matt Huml holds a doctorate in sport administration and teaches courses in sport law and governance, organizational behavior in sports and social issues in sports.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday (May 14) struck down a 1992 federal law that stopped most states from making sports betting legal. With the change, individual states will now be able to determine whether to legalize gambling on sporting events.

Matt Huml
Matt Huml

Matt Huml is an assistant professor of sport management in the Texas Tech University Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management. He holds a doctorate in sport administration and teaches courses in sport law and governance, organizational behavior in sports and social issues in sports. One of his core research topics is the role of stakeholders in sports. He has been published in a variety of industry publications, including the Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, the Journal of Sport Management and the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport. Huml is available to discuss the ruling and its potential effects.

Expert

Matt Huml, assistant professor of sport management, (806) 834-4379 or matt.huml@ttu.edu

Talking points

  • The question is now which states are going to move forward with sanctioning sports gambling.
  • Legalizing gambling could be a massive funding opportunity for states and professional leagues.
  • It also revives companies like DraftKings, which can change their business model.
  • It could take eSport to another level.
  • Another question is how the NCAA will deal with these changes.