Supreme Court Opens Door to Legalized Sports Betting

Supreme Court Opens Door to Legalized Sports Betting

The potential for sports betting in IN will be studied by a summer legislative committee, leaders announced Tuesday, one day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited states from allowing betting on football, basketball and other sports. Citing the 1992 PASPA law, however, college and professional sports leagues sued former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie when he sought to act upon the voters' wishes. The Court's decision breaks Nevada's monopoly on sports betting and will empower state legislatures throughout the country to authorize sports books.

The high ruling in Murphy v. NCAA reversed a decision from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, concluding that the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act violated the Constitution's anti-commandeering principle. In 2014, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

The four major USA professional leagues and the NCAA spent years fighting New Jersey's challenge to the constitutionality of the federal ban.

Sports betting, though, will remain illegal in Oklahoma unless the Legislature changes the law. Instead of affirmatively authorizing sports betting, the new law simply repealed the prior-existing state ban.

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According to, Dennis Drazin, the chairman and chief executive of Darby Development LLC, which operates Monmouth Park, said it was initially his belief that a previous state law permitting New Jersey casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting without state regulation would allow Monmouth Park to begin accepting bets immediately.

The effects of the Court's opinion are seismic.

The ruling was consistent with conservative deference to state's rights, but ran afoul of social conservative opposition to gambling. Still others will undoubtedly follow. Rather, "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly".

"We are very excited about the likely legalization of sports wagering in the United States". The ruling also left open the possibility of Congress banning sports gambling nationwide, it just can't require states to do it. As Justice Stephen Breyer put it in his concurring opinion, "the only problem" with the challenged law "lies in its means, not its end".

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