Supreme Court Ruling Favors Sports Betting

US high court paves way for states to legalize sports betting

States Where Sports Betting Is Likely to Be Legal

In 2012, with voters' support, New Jersey lawmakers passed a law allowing sports betting, directly challenging the 1992 federal law which says states can't "authorize by law" sports gambling.

Bradley said there was virtually no congressional opposition to his bill back in 1992, though Bradley added that Donald Trump, with failing investments in Atlantic City casinos at the time, lobbied against it, believing that sports betting was the answer to his financial problems there. National Collegiate Athletic Association shot down federal rules that prohibited sports gambling in most US states.

"Today's Supreme Court ruling is welcome news to the millions of Americans who now wager $150 billion illegally each year through off-shore, black market bookies", CEO Jason Robins said. He wants to ensure Minnesota can capitalize on sports gambling revenues before the market is dominated by offshore companies.

"Just as Congress lacks the power to order a state legislature not to enact a law authorizing sports gambling, it may not order a state legislature to refrain from enacting a law licensing sports gambling", Justice Sam Alito, writing for the majority, said in his 31-page opinion.

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It's a boon for DraftKings and FanDuel, the venture-backed daily fantasy sports platforms.

"Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution", the court said in its decision.

The U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia struck down this measure because it had the obvious impact of legalizing gambling that was forbidden under federal law.

Lawyers for New Jersey argued that the law forces state governments to enforce a federal initiative, which the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled is unconstitutional.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy celebrated the decision, which began with a lawsuit brought by former-Gov. In court, the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball had argued that New Jersey's gambling expansion would hurt the integrity of their games. Las Vegas now has an National Hockey League team and will soon have an NFL team, and the NBA's commissioner called for legalizing sports betting so it can be properly regulated.

ESPN detailed California's constitutional amendment regarding sports gambling. "Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans already wager on sports".

New Jersey then tried to pass a new law in 2014 that simply repealed key provisions of its prohibitions on sports wagering to the extent they applied at racetracks and casinos. 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. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

Major League Baseball has issued a statement saying the Supreme Court ruling will have "profound effects" on the league.

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West Virginia and 17 other states, and the governors of three more, sided with New Jersey in the case.

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