Legal Sports Betting Comes To The USA

Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018 -
Legal Sports Betting Comes To The USA

The American Gaming Association estimated that citizens of the USA illegally wager aruond $150 billion on sport events every year. Taxing some of that will change the betting industry in the States significantly. New Jersey spearheaded the repeal of an unfair law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act spending millions on legal fees.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the 1992 law which barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions and it made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game. Back in 2012, with voters' backed New Jersey lawmakers passing a law that  allowed sports betting a direct challenge to the 1992 federal law which says states can't "authorize by law" sports gambling. The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA sued, and the state lost the battle in court.

Not to be one that gives up that easy Jersey tried a different tactic in 2014 by repealing laws prohibiting sports gambling at casinos and racetracks. The Garden State lost once again with the argument taking its laws off the books was different from authorizing sports gambling. The case then went to the Supreme Court.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote 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,"

Tony Rodio, president of Tropicana Entertainment, said his Atlantic City casino will "absolutely" offer sports betting once it can get it up and running. "It's been a long time coming," he said.





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