SCOTUS Feigns Federalism in Sports Betting Decision

Dennis Drazin | Patty Wolfe

Dennis Drazin | Patty Wolfe

Oklahoma's 130-plus tribal casinos take in more than $2 billion in gaming revenue annually and with this week's Supreme Court ruling on sports betting, it could soon be more.

"The PASPA provision at issue here-prohibiting state authorization of sports gambling-violates the anticommandeering rule".

Five states - Connecticut, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia - already had enacted laws in preparation for a Supreme Court decision permitting legalization, according to ESPN. The law also enabled Delaware, Montana and OR to have limited legal sports gambling. Why doesn't tThe Sun ever think the state government should have no say in sports betting except to eliminate the laws making it illegal? We have always believed that sports wagering would eventually come out of the shadows.

The American Gaming Association (AGA), which represents the USA casino industry, has long opposed the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, contending it has resulted in an annual illegal sports betting market of $150 billion.

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Now comes an opportunity to give patrons another gaming option, betting on sports.

State lawmakers have three bills pending tied to sports betting, but the legislative session ends this week. "PASPA is not", Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court.

"Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own". Outside court, however, leaders of all but the National Football League have shown varying degrees of openness to legalized sports gambling.

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