Supreme Court Lifts Ban On Sports Betting

by Michael John Scott

America has some crazy laws and banning sports betting is one of them, however, it’s about to get a whole lot easier after Monday’s Supreme Court decision.

Since 1992, a federal law has required states other than Nevada to ban gambling on sports. Nevada was grandfathered in at the time and has since had a monopoly on legal sports betting.

Americans, however, have still illegally gambled on sporting events, with the American Gaming Association estimating that of the $10 billion likely to be wagered on this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, just 3% of the bets would be placed legally through Nevada.

New Jersey and its then-Gov. Chris Christie mounted the Supreme Court challenge to the 1992 law, arguing that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act violates the 10th Amendment by forcing states to carry out a federal dictate. In a 6-3 ruling Monday, the high court agreed and struck down the law, NBC News reports.

Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, said:

“a more direct affront to state sovereignty is not easy to imagine…”

…noting that the law put state legislatures “under the direct control of Congress” by forcing them to prohibit something. (The law doesn’t ban sports betting under federal law; it just requires states to ban it.)

Christie argued that organized crime profits from illegal sports betting and New Jersey wants to benefit from it instead by collecting the taxes that arise from the process.

Americans are estimated to spend almost $150 billion per year on illegal sports gambling. Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s current governor, said in late April his state is ready to allow certain types of sports betting at casinos and racetracks “sooner than later” should the court rule in its favor.

A research firm estimated that were the Supreme Court to strike down the 1992 law, 32 states would likely allow sports betting within five years, the AP reports.

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5 Responses to Supreme Court Lifts Ban On Sports Betting

  1. Holte Ender Reply

    May 15, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Georgia won’t allow. How much you wanna bet.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      May 15, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      I’d never bet on that. Too much Jesus in Georgia. They still ban Sunday alcohol sales.

    • jess Reply

      May 15, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      They have no choice now, SCOTUS says it can be done, it shall be done. Just like marriage equality, just like education for everyone, Roe v Wade(for now) etc. Goopers are fucked and they can deal or not.

  2. Holte Ender Reply

    May 15, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    In my county you can now buy beer and wine after noon. No whisky etc for sale anywhere, anytime.

    • jess Reply

      May 15, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      You poor bastard. I can go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to my local Safeway and get any type of alcohol I want to get.

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