The U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down a Federal Law Prohibiting Sports Gambling

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The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibits sports gambling and legalizes betting on sports, on Monday, May, 14 2018, according to ESPN.com.

This law was put in place because sports betting was inflicted beyond state borders. The court ruled 6-3 to strike down the” Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act”, a 1992 law that barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. Nevada is the only state where a person can wager on results of a single game, according to sportsillustrated.com.

States that want to offer legal sports betting may now do so, and New Jersey plans to be first. Delaware, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are among the states expected to allow betting, stated washingtonpost.com.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated in a interview with ESPN on whether sports betting would change the integrity of sports, “Regardless of the particulars of any future sports betting law, the integrity of our game remains our highest priority.” After the ruling, Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tweeted, “great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions” in favor of sports betting, according to nytimes.com.