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Supreme Court makes sports betting available to all

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Sports betting is considered illegal outside of either Delaware, New Jersey, or Nevada. However, according to ESPN, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law, which would now allow sports betting almost everywhere.

The law, which was in place, barred sports betting on football, basketball, baseball, and other sports. Now, states will be allowed to legalize sports betting.

A bettor places wagers on some of the more than 400 proposition bets for Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at the Race & Sports SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
A bettor places wagers on some of the more than 400 proposition bets for Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at the Race & Sports SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA) was previously put in place in 1992. The law banned state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions.

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At the time, Nevada was the only state, where a person could wager on the results of a game. A research firm that ESPN interviewed said that if the Supreme Court did not strike down the law, 32 states would have offered sports betting within the next five years.

The Supreme Court heard a case from New Jersey that helped sway their decision. The Garden State, which was fighting to have sports betting for years, recently was granted access to legalized sports betting.

Then former N.J. Governor Chris Christie was sued in 2012 by the NCAA and the four major professional sports leagues after he signed a bill into legislation to allow sports betting. The law went against PASPA, which said it was “unlawful for a state to sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, license, or authorize by law” sports wagering.

Despite losing every step, New Jersey was persistent. The Supreme Court initially declined their case in June 2014.

They did not give up on their pursuit of legalized sports betting. Christie then passed another bill to comply with PASPA.

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However, in December 2017, it was ruled in New Jersey’s favor to legalize sports betting. Twenty states signed in support of New Jersey’s bill.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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