Sports betting a possibility nationwide after Supreme Court ruling
Washington, D.C.
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Help Us Identify This Robbery Suspect
ߦ   La Marque cop won't face charges in fatal shooting of man who allegedly attacked him with sword
ߦ   Man Jailed In San Leon Drug Raid
ߦ   Mother Of 'Little Jacob' Identified, Arrested
ߦ   Navajo commission aims to raise awareness of hate crimes
ߦ   NYU Professor Releases Personal Info On Almost 1,600 ICE Agents
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Daily Activity/Arrest Summary
ߦ   Police Chief's Weekly Blotter
ߦ   Police: 9 unrelated threats before Santa Fe school shooting
ߦ   Reward Offered for Most Wanted Fugitive, Gang Member from Nacogdoches
ߦ   Sketch artist’s work has helped solve 1,200-plus cases
ߦ   Timeline: What we know about Jayden Lopez
ߦ   Two Sentenced For Providing Support to ISIS
ߦ   Hero Down: Correctional Officer Tawanna Marin Killed During Roadside Cleanup
ߦ   Investigation into Male Found Deceased at 808 North York Street
ߦ   Trooper Declared A National Hero After Stop Of Slow Left Lane Driver Goes Viral
ߦ   10-year BCSO veteran arrested, charged with felony sexual assault of a child
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Weekend Arrests Summary
ߦ   DPS Offers Increased Reward, Seeks Leads in 1994 Murder of then 17-Year-Old in Frio County
ߦ   Elizabeth Smart kidnapper skips parole hearing in Utah
ߦ   Family Sues Officer Who Shot Plain-Clothes Detective During Headquarters Ambush
ߦ   Galveston County Sheriff's Office - Daily Bulletin
ߦ   Hero Down: CBP Collections Operations Manager Christopher Bacon Killed In Crash
ߦ   Hero Down: Conewango Police K9 Choper Falls Off Three-Story Building
ߦ   How to see exactly which Google Chrome tabs, websites, and extensions are slowing down your computer
ߦ   Man charged after charred bodies of missing Angleton family found
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Weekend Arrests Summary
ߦ   Police ID men killed by police in downtown Kansas City
ߦ   Slain lawman Clint Greenwood’s son joins ranks of Harris County Sheriff’s Office
ߦ   SUV packed with undocumented immigrants chased by Border Patrol wrecks in S. Texas - 5 dead
ߦ   VIDEO: NYC Majority Leader Cries Over Words NYPD Uses To Describe Gangbangers
ߦ   Woman accuses fiance, a police officer, of assault
ߦ   The Story of Herman Youngst, Badge No. 5, Houston Police Dept
ߦ   2nd Kansas sheriff's deputy dies after shooting
ߦ   Body of Missing Female discovered in field, Investigation On-going

 
Search Archives:

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday 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.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.

One research firm estimated before the ruling that if the Supreme Court were to strike down the law, 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years.

"The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not," Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court.

The court's decision came in a case from New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks in the state.

More than a dozen states had supported New Jersey, which argued that Congress exceeded its authority when it passed the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, barring states from authorizing sports betting. New Jersey said the Constitution allows Congress to pass laws barring wagering on sports, but Congress can't require states to keep sports gambling prohibitions in place.

All four major U.S. professional sports leagues, the NCAA and the federal government had urged the court to uphold the federal law. In court, the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball had argued that New Jersey's gambling expansion would hurt the integrity of their games. Outside court, however, leaders of all but the NFL have shown varying degrees of openness to legalized sports gambling.

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans illegally wager about $150 billion on sports each year.

The 1992 law at issue in the case bars state-authorized sports gambling with exceptions for Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Delaware, states that had approved some form of sports wagering before the law took effect. Nevada is the only state where a person can wager on the results of a single game, though the law doesn't cover wagering between friends. The law also doesn't cover animal races, such as horse racing, which many states already allow.

New Jersey has spent years and millions of dollars in legal fees trying to legalize sports betting at its casinos, racetracks and former racetracks. In 2012, with voters' support, New Jersey lawmakers passed a law allowing sports betting, directly challenging the 1992 federal law which says states can't "authorize by law" sports gambling. The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA sued, and the state lost in court.

In 2014, New Jersey tried a different tactic by repealing laws prohibiting sports gambling at casinos and racetracks. It argued taking its laws off the books was different from authorizing sports gambling. The state lost again and then took the case to the Supreme Court.

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2018 The Police News. All rights reserved.