High court ruling permits sports betting in all states


High court ruling permits sports betting in all states

Cheryl Sanders
May 17, 2018

The court's decision came in a case from New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks in the state.

On Monday, The US Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning the practice of legalised sports gambling in New Jersey with a 7-2 ruling, stating that the act unlawfully "commandeered" states' right to legislate on matters not expressly reserved to the federal government in the constitution.


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a written statement, "We remain in favor of a federal framework that would provide a uniform approach to sports gambling in states that choose to permit it, but we will remain active in ongoing discussions with state legislatures". The new CT law allows state officials "to regulate wagering on sporting events to the extent permitted by state and federal law". Others will follow suit, and before long, states that don't allow sports betting will be in the distinct minority.

That ruling strikes down a federal ban in place since 1992 that restricts sports betting for most states.


"The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make".

The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the four major professional sports leagues - Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League and National Hockey League - were on the losing end of the high court's ruling. "PASPA is not", Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court.


But, for that to happen, each state will have to authorize it statutorily. Stephen Breyer issued an opinion that concurred in part and dissented in part.

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