So in legal jargon, the Court decided that PASPA’s provision prohibiting state authorization of sports gambling schemes violates the anti-commandeering rule. In Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion, the Court ruled that “Congress can be allowed to regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own.”
In short, without federal oversight, it will now be up to the states to decide how they want to handle the issue of sports gambling. So each individual state has to pass its own laws before it can officially become legal. In the short term though, this is huge for New Jersey who has been fighting for legalized sports gambling since changing its state constitution back in November 2011.
But the fact of the matter is, federal laws prohibiting sports gambling have officially been struck down by the Supreme Court. This is going be an absolute game changer.