In a landmark decision, the US Supreme Court has struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) which had made sports betting illegal in all but four states.
In a suit brought by the state of New Jersey and enjoined by 18 other states, the court ruled that the individual states are now free to make their own decisions with regards to sports betting. Justice Samuel Alito opined, “The legalization of sports betting requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make.”
BREAKING: Supreme Court rules Professional & Amateur Sports Protection Act Of 1992 is unconstitutional. States can now decide to participate in sports gambling at their discretion. New Jersey should be up & running in two weeks. Other states have to enact laws to follow. pic.twitter.com/Yx0lroGceY
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 14, 2018
Many states currently have legislation ready to capitalize on the decision. In addition, Draftkings has previously stated their intention to expand their operations from daily fantasy contests to sports betting and has the infrastructure in place to quickly make their presence felt.
This law has always felt like a serious case of overreach and this decision brings sports betting out of the shadows and stops criminalizing how consenting adults choose to risk their money. It never made any sense that states authorized and supported state lotteries and casinos, but drew the line at sports betting. Apparently the government only likes it when the odds are stacked heavily against you.
This is a tremendous day for the 10th amendment and the freedom of states rights to make their own decisions without federal interference. Or, as supporters of legal marijuana hope, one down, one to go. .