Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Ban on Sports Betting
Landmark Supreme Court Decision Opens Way for States-Side Sports Betting
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled in Murphy v. NCAA that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act — known as PASPA — violated the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court decision cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting.
By a 6-3 vote, the high court overturned a 2016 ruling by the 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals that found New Jersey violated the Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, which outlawed state-authorized sports gaming with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.
Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, said Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, “each State is free to act on its own.”
“Our job is to interpret the law Congress enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not,’’ the majority concluded.
The 6-3 ruling is a victory for New Jersey and other states who have considered allowing sports gambling as a way to encourage tourism and tax revenue. The NCAA, NFL and NBA had backed the federal prohibition.
- Supreme Court struck down as Unconstitutional the Federal Law that prevents states from legalizing sports betting
- Supreme Court removed the restrictions for state lawmakers
- Any state that wants to create a sports betting environment for their casinos and racetracks can go forward without any restrictions or prohibitions under Federal Law
- Supreme Court decision will create a nationalized legal sports gambling environment in the United States
Q & A – Covers
American Gaming Association – Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Sports Betting
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Washington Wizards and Capitals owner and Entrepreneur Ted Leonsis says, “sports betting should be as big as Wall Street.” He adds “Sports is the most important content on media and new media.” Ted’s Take –
Q & A on sports betting – ESPN
The May 14 Supreme Court ruling will have a huge impact on sports, betting and how American’s watch sports moving forward. You can bet on it.