The Sports Gambling law has been struck down!

In this April 23, 2018 file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko)
Happy days are here for sports bettors everywhere.
In a landmark ruling this morning, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which effectively struck down the law that prevented states from drafting their own regulations for local sports betting.
The ruling will allow legal sportsbooks to begin operations throughout the country; it had previously only been allowed in grandfathered-in states Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana. 

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.



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