Supreme Court Clears Way for States to Legalize Sports Gambling

Posted May 15, 2018

When can I start betting on sports in MA?

And if you're curious about how this ruling impacts the respective sports leagues, we've got a full explainer here.

Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam said he was "very excited" by the high court's decision.

Additionally, casinos have the potential to lose big on sports bets, unlike in house games. The courts ruled in favor of New Jersey and against the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball, putting an end to a six-year legal battle that was first put in play by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

As the Supreme Court judges noted, supporters of sports gambling argue that legalization will undermine illegal wagering and help states raise much-needed revenue.

Three Democratic lawmakers proposed such legislation in the state Assembly on May 7.

Here's a look on what Monday's ruling means for MA.

"This is about jobs and economic development, and more jobs and more economic development". But that equals only about 2% of the Nevada gaming industry's take overall. "There are along with the financial risk, moral issues that many people have with gambling", said Schulz. State Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, is now moving forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that would make sports gambling legal in California, said spokesman Adam Capper. "A more direct affront to state sovereignty is not easy to imagine". "So we'll probably have a short advantage". The Division of Gaming, as well as casino and racetrack operators, have already met with global companies that are in on the practice. 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. "PASPA is not", the Supreme Court outlined in its ruling.

"Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own". Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonya Sotomayor dissented. But gambling industry leaders are skeptical that sports books will flourish in Pennsylvania because of the bill's tax provisions: a 36 percent tax on gambling revenue and a $10 million licensing fee for sports book operators. But of course the state law was immediately challenged by professional sports leagues and even the NCAA, when they pointed out a 1992 federal law that bans state sports betting.

According the the decision written by Justice Samuel Alito, Congress can pass legislation allowing the federal government to "regulate sports gambling directly" if it chooses to do so.

The Oneida Nation announced on Monday that it will soon make sports betting available at its venues.

On Monday, the Supreme Court overturned a 1992 act prohibiting sports gambling in most states, paving the way for states to potentially legalize sports betting on an individual level in the near future.