Supreme Court Ruled, Overturning Federal Ban on Sports Gambling
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This Monday, May 14, 2018, with a 6 to 3 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a federal law that required states to ban gambling on the outcome of sporting events. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 did not ban sports gambling nationwide as a matter of federal law, but it said the states were not allowed to permit it. In a May 2018 decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that PASPA violated the Tenth Amendment by commandeering states’ power to regulate sports betting by the federal law. With the decision in May of 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ended Nevada’s monopoly on legal sports betting and would now allow more states to get in on the action and reap the tax revenues.
Justice Samuel Alito said the problem with the federal law is that “state legislatures are put under the direct control of Congress.”
Many states (as many as 32) are now prepared to offer sports betting after this court decision.
As a result of this decision, much would be changed in the sports arena. But one thing remains certain: individual states will be able to obtain much more state tax revenues.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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