Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Sports Gambling
Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a federal law. This law prohibits sports gambling, giving states the authority to legalize betting on sports, which is great news for those that have been unable to bet on sports. 2019 is shaping up to be the year of sports betting.
The 6-3 ruling by the court determined that the federal ban on sports betting as established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) is unconstitutional, paving the way for the legalization of sports betting in all 50 states.
States like New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Mississippi are expected to be the first states to legalize sports gambling. Other states are expected to gradually legalize sports betting as well.
“Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own,” the court wrote its opinion. “Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not.”
2019 Sports Betting
New Jersey was the first state to try to legalize sports betting, but former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was sued by the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, who were against the state legalizing sports betting.
The leagues won every step of the way until last June, when the Supreme Court decided to take the case.
Oral arguments were heard on December 4, and the justices made their ruling last week.
After the ruling, Christie posted a message on Twitter praising the decision. “A great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions. New Jersey citizens wanted sports gambling and the federal Gov’t had no right to tell them no. The Supreme Court agrees with us today. I am proud to have fought for the rights of the people of NJ,” the former governor wrote.
In conclusion. sports gambling in 2019 will be different. Thoughts?