SBC Americas brings you a round-up of some of the latest news hailing from the US courtesy of SportsHandle.com, a US-based source of daily information on legal issues, regulated sports betting and sports wagering content.
Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Sports Betting Ban, Opening Door for Expansion Nationwide
The 1992 federal law banning sports betting outside of Nevada is history. The United States Supreme Court on Monday issued a 7-2 decision in Murphy v NCAA, ruling in favor of New Jersey in its battle against the NCAA and major professional sports leagues to overturn the ban, known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).
The fate of the law, which had banned all but Nevada from authorizing full-fledged sports betting, turned on 10th Amendment constitutional principles.
New Jersey has been preparing for a favorable decision and may be ready to take the state’s first legal sports bet as soon as two weeks from now. The Garden State is not the only (potential) beneficiary: since the start of 2018, lawmakers in roughly 20 states have introduced or passed legislation making sports betting legal, pending a change in federal law.
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Monmouth Park Could Take Sports Bets in Two Weeks
You may well be able to place a sports bet at New Jersey‘s Monmouth Park before the final leg of the Triple Crown. Yes, you read that right. The racetrack, one of the most well-known and vocal in New Jersey, hasn’t just been sitting around waiting for the Supreme Court to deem the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act illegal. No, Monmouth Park has been banking on New Jersey sports betting really happening.
Hours after the Supreme Court announced its decision on Monday in favor of New Jersey in Murphy v NCAA, striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act on 10th Amendment grounds, Monmouth Park officials announced that they’ll be ready to open their doors for sports betting before the June 9 Belmont Stakes.
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Senator Orrin Hatch Promises New Federal Sports Betting Legislation
One of the original authors of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which was struck down by the Supreme Court on Monday, didn’t waste any time in renewing his efforts to “protect” the integrity of sporting events. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch announced that he plans to introduce legislation to regulate sports betting now that its legality has become a state issue.
“At stake here is the very integrity of sports,” said Hatch in a statement released by his office Monday. “That’s why I plan to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to help protect honesty and principle in the athletic arena.”
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PASPA Repealed: Watch for These 10 States to Offer Sports Betting First
Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, the 1992 law that banned sports wagering in every state except Nevada, what happens next? Some states were able to get ahead of the decision and pass legislation to legalize sports betting. And more than 20 states are considering legalizing it.
Pennsylvania and West Virginia were the first two states with sports betting laws on the books, while New Jersey, which brought the Supreme Court case in the first place, is prepared to offer legal sports betting in Atlantic City and at race tracks soon. New York, Delaware and Mississippi are poised to become the states to offer full-fledged sports betting. Others came close during this year’s legislative sessions may join early in 2019.
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