Supreme Court strikes down federal anti-sports gambling law

Posted May 14, 2018

"Now that the Supreme Court has struck down this unlawful and confusing law, it is time for Congress to move the GAME Act forward to ensure that consumer protections are in place in any state that decides to implement sports betting", said Rep. So sport wagering will remain illegal in Iowa - at least for now. In its decision, the Supreme Court notes that the U.S. Congress can regulate sports betting if it wishes to do so, but that if it does not, individual states will be free to allow sports gambling on their own. The ruling came as the Joint Committee on Economic Development is reviewing a bill that would make daily fantasy sports explicitly legal and create an eight-person special commission to "conduct a comprehensive study and offer proposed legislation relative to the regulation of online sports betting" if the Supreme Court deems any part of PASPA is unconstitutional.

The ruling takes the United States a step closer to legal sports betting in numerous states, perhaps nationwide, rather than just in select places such as Nevada, home to the gambling capital Las Vegas.

Justice Samuel Alito, a New Jersey native, wrote the court's opinion in the case. The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA sued, and the state lost in court.

The U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia struck down this measure because it had the obvious impact of legalizing gambling that was forbidden under federal law. It would allow the state's casinos and horse betting tracks to offer sports betting, overseen by the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement. The 6-3 ruling is a win for the state of New Jersey, and it opens to door for all states to pursue a path into the billion-dollar industry. "It does so apparently in the mistaken assumption that private sports-gambling schemes would become lawful in the wake of its decision".

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The proposed law also permits internet and mobile sports betting.

New Jersey has lost several rulings along the way, and the case previously had not been heard by the Supreme Court in 2014.

Christie, who left office in January, signed the state's first law legalizing sports betting in 2012 after voters in 2011 overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state Constitution to allow it. There are already ample preparations being made for the Supreme Court ruling that could overrule PASPA as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court disagreed and held that the man still maintained a reasonable expectation of privacy.

West Virginia and 17 other states, and the governors of three more, sided with New Jersey in the case. "Because we have to go through a process, a legislative and regulatory process in a lot of states and we're waiting to see what the contours are going to be". "Betting on sports was betting on human beings, and I thought that was wrong", he explained. It simply prohibits sports betting in the states. "States are now free to allow their residents to place mobile sports bets with licensed, trusted companies based in the US and that pay taxes here".