Supreme Court strikes down sports gambling ban


Legal betting on sport, and the actual outcome of the game, had been confined to the state of Nevada, home of Las Vegas, due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, but such restrictions have now been removed.

The NBA and Major League Baseball have argued in recent months for a 1 percent cut of proceeds if legalized sports betting expands across the country, saying part of that money would be needed for additional compliance and enforcement efforts within the game. That could lead to new betting options in OR and Washington, if legislators decide to allow betting on team sports in those states.

But some groups, such as conservative, Lexington-based group The Family Foundation, strongly oppose legalizing sports gambling.

"Some of that 1 percent of betting fees is going to come from people with uncontrollable gambling problems", Whyte said. The 1992 law had effectively prohibited sports gambling in all states except Nevada and, to a limited extent, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. We need to be prepared for the possible change in the law; here is what the National Basketball Association does; this is the way the Premier League deals with gambling.

Conversely, he said, there may be benefits to having more of the sports wagering done through legitimate outlets.

Randy Bridges - who is running in the Republican primary to represent McCracken County in District 3 of the Kentucky House of Representatives - said he's in favor of less federal control and more freedom to the states to make their own decisions.

Delaware, too, could quickly expand beyond certain bets now offered at its casinos. In December, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey introduced legislation - the GAME Act - that includes a regulatory framework.

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that effectively banned commercial sports gambling in most states, boosting the prospect of such betting across the nation.

GOP Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to let states oversee sports gambling, said Monday that Arizona was a long way from legalizing a new way to wager.

The NFL also backed USA lawmakers taking quick action to avoid chaos in multiple states over betting regulations. Shares of Scientific Games Corp, which develops gaming systems and sports-betting technology, jumped more than 11 percent to a record high close.

An oddsmaker at one Las Vegas resort sees little chance that betting in other states will siphon business away from Las Vegas.

Even in states that have approved sports gambling, it'll take some time to complete the approval process, which will require companies to be licensed in order to take sports bets.

In addition to New Jersey, five other states - Connecticut, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia - already have sports betting laws in place that would allow them to move quickly, according to a Fitch Ratings report.

But gambling advocates are quick to point out that sports gambling already takes place on a massive scale, meaning the leagues are already vulnerable to corruption. The court's "job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution", he wrote.

"In Canada, this issue is better addressed with good policy and law-developed discussion between provinces and the federal government, instead of an abrupt court decision as the Americans are now grappling with", he said.

Congress could try to step in again. Sen.

The ruling was a particular victory for New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks. The state's current governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, said he was "thrilled" to see the high court strike down the "arbitrary ban".

"The Supreme Court's decision today reaffirms the decision to collaborate with the other sports unions on the issues of player safety, integrity of our games and privacy and publicity rights", an NFLPA statement said.

Tribal casinos would also be given the go-ahead once the state approves.

The U.S. subsidiary of British sports betting operator William Hill PLC, which has already been working with state officials in New Jersey on opening an outlet at Monmouth Park racetrack, is one of the companies hoping to capitalize.

Murren says the ruling will increase consumer interest in sports.