Posted: Feb 2, 2021 / 9:12 am CST
Updated: February 2, 2021 / 9:12 a.m. CST
(WTVO) – After a shaky rollout, the sports betting market in Illinois is booming. Almost $ 500 million was deployed in November 2020.
That is a new record.
Betting had been sluggish across the state due to COVID-19. Experts say allowing online registration changed that. Sports betting proponents say more can be done.
Some want the state to allow players to place their bets on college sports in Illinois as well.
“In a year that Illinois football or basketball or Northwestern football or basketball or Southern Illinois run a run in the NCAA tournament, I can see it makes a little difference in revenue,” explained Rep. Mike Zalewski (D- Chicago). .
Not everyone supports the idea. The University of Illinois Sports Director Josh Whitman has spoken out against it.