Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Ahead of the game when it comes to sports betting

Ahead of the game when it comes to sports betting

The Supreme Court ruled in a momentous 6-to-3 vote (Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Stephen Breyer, dissenting) that under the U.S. Constitution's Tenth Amendment, the federal government can not "commandeer" a state legislature or its governor to enforce a federal law or policy.

The court ruled May 14 on a New Jersey challenge to a 1992 outlawing sports betting in states other than those grandfathered in, most notably Nevada.

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.

There has been a concerted effort by 22 states to end PASPA, after new National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver announced in November 2014 that the league had signed a multi-year partnership and partial ownership interest deal with on-line daily fantasy sports (DFS) site Fan Duel.

"Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution".

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In the just-completed legislative session, proponents of legalized sports betting in Iowa pushed for a new state law in anticipation of the Supreme Court decision, but those efforts were unsuccessful. Gov. Jim Justice, who owns The Greenbrier resort which has a casino, allowed the bill to become law without his signature. I don't think people realize that gambling is legal in 118 countries already, and Unikrn already has a foundation there; it already has the technology in place.

Across the United States, the underground sports betting economy is estimated to be worth at least $150 billion a year.

"Steve Vladeck, a CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law, told CNN the decision ". clears the way for all states to make their own decisions about legalizing sports betting". Supporters say the increased state revenue will help pay for education, tourism and senior services.

The Court agreed that the federal government has always had the right to ban an activity, like gambling, but PASPA did not make gambling on sports a federal crime. In West Virginia, the leagues have advocated for an "integrity fee", which is essentially a tax on all bets which would be paid to the leagues.

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