REPORT: Supreme Court announces ruling on law banning sports betting

BY ANNETA GRIFFEE / MAY 14, 2018 /

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The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that banned sports betting in almost every state, a precedent-shattering decision that opens the door to legalized sports gambling nationwide.

New Jersey has been fighting since 2010 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 (PASPA) of 1992.

The article goes on to state the following:

The Court ruled 6-3 that PASPA’s provisions prohibiting states from authorizing and licensing a sports gambling scheme violates the anti-commandeering rule.

In delivering the opinion of the court, Justice Samuel Alito said legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not the court’s to make.

“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 has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not,” he said.

The Hill also noted:

The court ruling’s Monday is a win for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who brought the lawsuit, and a major defeat for the NCAA, NBA, NHL and NFL, which had urged the court to uphold the law.

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