Supreme Court Rules States Are Free To Legalize Sports Betting

Supreme Court Rules States Are Free To Legalize Sports Betting

Supreme Court Rules States Are Free To Legalize Sports Betting

The case concerned New Jersey, but it has implications for other states eager to allow and tax sports gambling. National Collegiate Athletic Association shot down federal rules that prohibited sports gambling in most USA states. "Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional and states are free to regulate sports betting as they see fit, our multi-billion dollar industry must rise to the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by this expansion of sports betting". There were four exemptions: Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana, all of which had already established gambling laws at the time.

"The question now is whether Congress will leave the states to make their own choices or will now try to enact some kind of federal regulation of sports betting", Vladeck added. The 7-2 decision came in a New Jersey case and strikes down a 25-year-old federal law effectively prohibiting sports begging outside Nevada.

What did the Supreme Court's ruling on sports gambling do?

"PASPA is not", Justice Samuel Alito said in delivering the court's opinion.

Christie appealed lower court rulings striking down the state law. Professional sports leagues in recent years have begun to shift their views regarding sports betting.

All four major USA professional sports leagues, the NCAA and the federal government had urged the court to uphold the federal law. States can now decide on their own if they want to offer gambling within their borders.

New Jersey had been trying to change the law since the state modified its state constitution in 2011, SB Nation reported. It argued that taking its laws off the books was different from authorizing sports gambling.

The Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision by the end of June, though it could do so as early as this Monday. New Jersey attempted to bring the case to the Supreme Court in 2014, but had their initial request for hearing denied. PASPA prohibited advertisements for sports betting, but that provision will also be struck down. "The Supreme Court agrees with us today". The tour's position is similar to the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball on gambling issues and it says it will continue to work with state legislators and regulators.

More than a dozen states had supported New Jersey, which argued that Congress exceeded its authority when it passed its law.

Lawyers for the leagues responded that the federal law does not run afoul of the Constitution because it doesn't force the states to take any action or become a part of any federal regulatory scheme.

The Supreme Court's court decision reversing that outcome will make it easier to open the door to sports betting. WVU vice president Rob Alsop and director of athletics Shane Lyons attended a meeting last week in Charleston to voice their concerns over the ramifications of sports betting and its influence on campus.

Look for Florida and other states to move quickly to take advantage of the court ruling.

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