Supreme Court Ruling Favors Sports Betting

Supreme Court Ruling Favors Sports Betting

The U.S. Supreme Court had reached a landmark ruling, lifting the federal ban on the federal anti-sports gambling law, giving states the green light to allow betting on sports.

Meanwhile, the sports betting decision could have implications for a wide range of other state laws - including those legalizing marijuana, Nina noted. Even in the best-case scenario, it'll still be several weeks before you can make legal bets - and that's in states where gambling bills have already passed through the appropriate state legislatures.

The state of New Jersey had been fighting for eight years to make sports wagering legal at racetracks and casinos in the state, but had repeatedly been blocked by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. There have also been exceptions for Montana, Oregon and DE, which had already approved some form of sports betting before the 1992 law took effect.

In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own". The state of New Jersey sued after courts struck down a 2014 law that sought to allow limited sports betting in the state.

"Well, we're going to have some legalized sports gambling in a number of states", said Mark Conrad, Associate Professor of Law and Ethics at Fordham University via phone interview Monday. Gov. Chris Christie argued that PASPA amounted to commandeering, forcing states to enforce a law they didn't want.

Major League Baseball released a statement saying the decision will have "profound effects" on the sport.

Sports leagues challenged the law citing the 1992 law, and they won in federal court. However, the state later changed its mind and passed a law to allow sports betting. "It does so apparently in the mistaken assumption that private sports-gambling schemes would become lawful in the wake of its decision".

New Jersey, home to at least a half dozen shuttered Atlantic City casinos, is a state where Republicans and Democrats since 2011 have been trying to overturn the federal ban or somehow get around it.

Monday, the Supreme Court agreed.

It was a busy day at the Supreme Court.

The proposed legislation in Iowa would have placed sports betting under the direction of the state's casinos, and the activity would be regulated by the state's Racing and Gaming Commission.

West Virginia and 17 other states, and the governors of three more, sided with New Jersey in the case. "States are now free to allow their residents to place mobile sports bets with licensed, trusted companies based in the US and that pay taxes here". 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. It simply prohibits sports betting in the states.

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