Online sports betting goes live in Tennessee

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Posted at 7:31 AM, Nov 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-01 08:31:41-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Online sports betting has begun in the Volunteer State.

After going through several hurdles, legislation was passed last year to legalize sports betting in the state. November 1 is the first day Tennesseans can start to place bets.

So far, four companies have been approved to provide sports betting services: Draft Kings, FanDuel, MGM and Tennessee Action 24/7.

You can wager on a variety of sports, from football to racing, as well as a variety of categories like the outcome of a game and predictions on which player will score first.

With the legalization of online sports betting, some sports analysts believe visitors will come to Tennessee to place bets.

"I think you're going to see people traveling into Tennessee from Alabama, Georgia," said sports analyst Brian Pempus. "If you live close to those border towns, maybe you'll see those license plates come over to a local bar or restaurant."

Since sports betting was legalized in Tennessee last year, the Tennessee Lottery has been making the rules for how it will work in the state.