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US Supreme Court Rules To Legalize Sports Gambling

On Monday morning, the Supreme Court ruled against a federal law that prevents gambling on sports in most states, allowing states to legalize betting. The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law prevented state authorized sports gambling with a few exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where someone was allowed to bet on the outcome of a single game.

Justice Samuel Alito spoke for the court, “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,”

The case originated in New Jersey, which has fought for the right to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks. 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.

The AGA (American Gaming Association) estimates that Americans illegally wager $150 billion on sports a year. 

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