Reporting from Capitol Hill, multiple US news sources have confirmed that the Supreme Court of Justice has deemed the ‘1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act’ (PASPA) to be unconstitutional.
The judgement sees the US Supreme Court repeal PASPA federal provisions, which to date have limited US sports betting to the state of Nevada.
In December 2017, led by former Governor Chris Christie, the State of New Jersey moved to challenge PASPA’s federal mandate within the Supreme Court, the nation’s highest law court.
Supreme Court judges would move to rehear New Jersey ‘oral arguments’ made against PASPA, which NJ state officials had been fighting to overturn for over a decade.
Taking on board New Jersey arguments against PASPA, the Supreme Court would further review the bill’s federal mandate. The decision would see US pro-betting stakeholders, brand the upcoming ‘justices’ review’ as the best opportunity to lift the nation’s ‘sports betting prohibition’.
This afternoon, the Supreme Court released its 49-page update, on Murphy NJ v National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), PASPA’s biggest backer, ruling in favour of New Jersey’s motion.
“Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not. PASPA “regulate[s] state governments’ regulation” of their citizens, New York, 505 U. S., at 166. The Constitution gives Congress no such power. The judgment of the Third Circuit is reversed.” Detailed the Supreme Court document.
Prior to the Supreme Court’s judgement, +25 US states have declared that they will follow New Jersey’s lead, by implementing a licensed sports betting code should PASPA be officially repealed.
Arguing for state-sanctioned sports betting, the US pro-betting lobby has detailed that a licensed sports betting market could be worth between $200-400 billion annually.
Reacting to the repeal of PASPA, Geoff Freeman President of the American Gaming Association stated
“Today’s ruling makes it possible for states and sovereign tribal nations to give Americans what they want: an open, transparent, and responsible market for sports betting. Through smart, efficient regulation this new market will protect consumers, preserve the integrity of the games we love, empower law enforcement to fight illegal gambling, and generate new revenue for states, sporting bodies, broadcasters and many others. The AGA stands ready to work with all stakeholders – states, tribes, sports leagues, and law enforcement – to create a new regulatory environment that capitalises on this opportunity to engage fans and boost local economies.”