Supreme Court rules states can legalize sports betting, strikes down anti-gambling lawRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: May 14 2018 1:19 PM
Supreme Court rules states can legalize sports betting, strikes down anti-gambling law
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law barring sports gambling, in a sweeping decision that could soon lead to legalized sports betting in dozens of states.
The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.
The decision marked a defeat for the federal government and sports organizations who fought to uphold the current ban in most states.
The 1992 law had barred gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports with some exceptions, like allowing people to wager on a single game only in Nevada. The Supreme Court ruling now gives states the go-ahead to legalize sports betting if they want.
"The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the opinion by Justice Samuel Alito said.
"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,” the ruling said.
One research firm estimated before the ruling that if the Supreme Court were to strike down the law, 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years.