With three major league professional sports franchises along with major college athletics and bordering seven states, Tennessee looks like a lock for success at sports gambling. Tennessee is an unsual state when it comes to sports gambling in that its approach is very futuristic. That is because sports wagering in the state of Tennessee will be online and mobile only with no physical brick and mortar sportsbooks. Let’s take a look at how Tennessee sports gambling will work and what the landscape looks like for when it begins.
You must be 21 years of age to bet on sports in the state of Tennessee. Not only are there not currently any traditional in person on site casinos that operate sportsbooks there are no plans for that to change. All sports betting in Tennessee will be done either online or by mobile device. All bets must be made within the borders of the state of Tennessee. The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation oversees sports gambling in the state. You do not need to be a resident of the state of Tennessee to wager on sports there but can only do so if you are physically within the state at the time that you make your bet.
In the state of Tennessee, you can bet on pro and college football, pro and college basketball, pro baseball, pro hockey, soccer, and most other major sports.
Although betting on college sports is allowed in the state of Tennessee you cannot make live wagers on college games. Live betting will be allowed for pro sports.
DraftKings, FanDuel, Bet365, BetMGM, Fox Bet, PointsBet, and William Hill are all expected to operate sports gambling online and by mobile device within the state of Tennessee.
In the sate of Tennessee, you can bet pointspread sides, over under totals, money lines, Futures, game and team props, parlays, teasers, and more.
In the state of Tennessee, you will be able to use ACH (eCheck), PayPal, online banking, pre-paid cards from sportsbooks and PayNearMe as payment method options.
As is the case in other states in the southeast the state of Tennessee is a college football hotbed. The University of Tennessee Volunteers, despite struggling in recent years, have a long and storied tradition in the Southeastern Conference and remain the passion and pride of the state. The Memphis Tigers are one of the top Group of Five Division One football powers as well. Further, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are a consistent bowl contender.
With those deep ties to college football the surrounding states that border Tennessee will only add fuel to that fire. The following SEC programs are on the state border: Missouri Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks, Ole Miss Rebels, Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, and Kentucky Wildcats. Also bordering the state from the Atlantic Coast Conference are the North Carolina Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, NC State Wolfpack, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Virginia Cavaliers, Louisville Cardinals, and Virginia Tech Hokies.
College basketball is also very popular in the state of Tennessee and at many of those bordering state programs.
Pro sports has become very important in the state of Tennessee starting with the National Football League Tennessee Titans along with the National Hockey League Nashville Predators and the National Basketball Association Memphis Grizzlies.
Bordering pro teams include the NFL Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, and Carolina Panthers, the NHL St. Louis Blues, the MLB Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals, and the NBA Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets.
The city of Nashville has become a sports melting pot with as one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Fans of many different colleges and pro teams from all over the country are moving to Nashville and will continue to follow and bet on those teams. This is all why sports wagering will be a hit in the Volunteer state!