SCOTUS Feigns Federalism in Sports Betting Decision

SCOTUS Feigns Federalism in Sports Betting Decision

"We look forward to working with the state of New Jersey, legislators, and horse racing leadership, to ensure that sports betting is a plus for New Jersey's horse racing industry".

"The PASPA provision at issue here-prohibiting state authorization of sports gambling-violates the anticommandeering rule". Supporters say the ruling will allow states to collect more tax revenues from gaming and will eliminate the need for most illegal gambling operations.

The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government can not constitutionally ban gambling on sports, following the Tenth Amendment and returning that power to the states.

Five states - Connecticut, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia - already had enacted laws in preparation for a Supreme Court decision permitting legalization, according to ESPN. We have always believed that sports wagering would eventually come out of the shadows.

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Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the 6-3 majority that a federal law barring state governments from authorizing sports gambling is unconstitutional under the "anti-commandeering doctrine", which holds that Congress may not tell state governments what they can not do.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the four major professional sports leagues - Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League and National Hockey League - were on the losing end of the high court's ruling.

The state of New Jersey is trying for years to legalize sports betting at its casinos, racetracks and former racetracks, spending many years and millions of dollars for this cause.

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