With Sunday’s kickoff, the New England Patriots start their first season in an era of dramatic expansion for US sports betting. But Massachusetts fans who want to put money on Tom Brady’s arm in the opener will still have to travel hundreds of miles to do it legally.
A US Supreme Court decision in May struck down a federal law that barred states from legalizing sports betting, but lawmakers on Beacon Hill have not decided whether to allow it. Rhode Island will be the first New England state with legal sports betting when its two casinos launch sports books in mid-November.
Only New Jersey, Delaware, Mississippi, and West Virginia have added sports betting in advance of the potentially lucrative National Football League season — joining Nevada, where it has long been legal. Pennsylvania could also jump in soon.