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US Supreme Court Allows States To Legalize Sports Betting

Discussion in 'CASINO NEWS' started by Mben, May 15, 2018.

  1. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Administrator Staff Member

    Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for states to legalize sports betting, striking down a 1992 federal law that had prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting.

    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.

    The court said the federal law violated constitutional principles limiting the federal government from controlling state policy, unconstitutionally forcing states to prohibit sports betting under their own laws.

    "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the 6-3 opinion. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own."

    Immediately after the ruling, the stock price for Caesars Entertainment rose 6%, and DraftKings said it will enter the sports betting market.

    "Today's decision clears the way for all states to make their own decisions about legalizing sports betting, and in one fell swoop gets rid of Nevada's monopoly on the subject and the 1992 federal statute that had protected it," said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law.
    "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.

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy celebrated the decision, which began with a lawsuit brought by former-Gov. Chris Christie.

    "I am thrilled to see the Supreme Court finally side with New Jersey and strike down the arbitrary ban on sports betting imposed by Congress decades ago," Murphy said Monday. "Today's ruling will finally allow for authorized facilities in New Jersey to take the same bets that are legal in other states in our country."

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  2. orren

    orren WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    Wait.... There's something I don't understand. If the Fed's made it illegal, how was Nevada allowed to do it?
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  3. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Administrator Staff Member

    Here's why, orren ...

    New Jersey won a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court Monday that could lead many states to legalize betting on college and professional sports. Sports betting has primarily been limited to Nevada and a few smaller operations in other states that were grandfathered by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.

    The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (Pub.L. 102–559), also known as PASPA or the Bradley Act, was a law that defined the legal status of sports betting throughout the United States. This act effectively outlawed sports betting nationwide, excluding a few states.

    The sports lotteries conducted in Oregon, Delaware, and Montana were exempt, as well as the licensed sports pools in Nevada. In addition, Congress provided a one-year window of opportunity from the effective date of PASPA (January 1, 1993) for states which operated licensed casino gaming for the previous ten-year period to pass laws permitting sports wagering. The latter exception was clearly crafted with New Jersey in mind. However, New Jersey failed to take advantage of this opportunity. (← But thanks to NJ's former Gov. Chris Christie, they won the case that he started, for all states. :thumb:)

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  4. orren

    orren WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    Thanks for info ;)
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