Supreme Court lets states legalize sports gambling

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Stephen, May 14, 2018.

  1. Stephen

    Stephen Administrator Staff Member

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/14/politics/sports-betting-ncaa-supreme-court/index.html

    Supreme Court lets states legalize sports gambling

    Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for states to legalize sports betting, striking down a 1992 federal law that had prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting.

    The 6-3 ruling is a victory for New Jersey and other states who have considered allowing sports gambling as a way to encourage tourism and tax revenue. The NCAA, NFL and NBA had backed the federal prohibition.

    The court said the federal law violated constitutional principles limiting the federal government from controlling state policy, unconstitutionally forcing states to prohibit sports betting under their own laws.

    "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the 6-3 opinion. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own."

    Immediately after the ruling, the stock price for Caesars Entertainment rose 6%, and DraftKings said it will enter the sports betting market.

    "Today's decision clears the way for all states to make their own decisions about legalizing sports betting, and in one fell swoop gets rid of Nevada's monopoly on the subject and the 1992 federal statute that had protected it," said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law.

    "The question now is whether Congress will leave the states to make their own choices or will now try to enact some kind of federal regulation of sports betting," Vladeck added.

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    I haven't read the ruling yet and what it contains, or any legal opinions on the ruling, such as if it basically implies that "online" gambling is now included in the legality such as online poker. We shall see.

    I'm sure that Pennsylvania will be one of the first states to enact it, and that will make big government, and businesses such as payday loan services and pawnshops very happy.
     

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