Supreme Court strikes down federal law that bans sports betting

Supreme Court strikes down federal law that bans sports betting

Supreme Court strikes down federal law that bans sports betting

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional Monday, opening the door for legalized sports gambling across the nation.

February 28, 2013: District Court Judge Michael Shipp issues a permanent injunction against New Jersey law, finding that the Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Act of 1992, or PASPA, does not violate the US Constitution. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game. 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. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonya Sotomayor dissented.

West Virginia - The Lottery Commission which will oversee sports betting, is on record as saying the state will be ready to implement sports betting within 90 days of a Supreme Court decision.

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The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans illegally wager about $150 billion on sports each year.

The state law at issue would allow people age 21 and above to bet on sports at New Jersey casinos and racetracks, but would ban wagers on college teams based in or playing in the state.

What this means: According to the text from the SCOTUS decision, "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own". Sports leagues challenged the law citing the 1992 law, and they won in federal court. Monmouth Park has already set up a sports book operation and has previously estimated it could take bets within two weeks of a favorable Supreme Court ruling.

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October 21, 2014: During a hearing, the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association says it still plans to begin accepting sports bets on October 26. It's expected that dozens of states could now apply for sports betting in the coming years. He said he looks forward to working with the legislature to "enact a law authorizing and regulating sports betting in the very near future". Outside court, however, leaders of all but the National Football League have shown varying degrees of openness to legalized sports gambling. The case is Murphy v. NCAA.

New Jersey residents first approve a referendum to legalize sports betting in the state in November 2011. The law was passed out of concern that sports gambling might change the nature of sporting events from wholesome entertainment to a device for gambling.

New Jersey argued that the 1992 federal law infringed upon state sovereignty as laid out in the U.S. Constitution by compelling states not to license or regulate sports betting.

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