PASPA is officially dead

And the crowd goes wild!  The US Supreme Court hit one out of the park today, ruling that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional.  The decision should open the sports gambling floodgates, as many states have been (impatiently) awaiting the decision so they could offer sports gambling.

In the 6-3 ruling, the highest court in the US decided that PASPA deserved to be overturned, indicating that it is up to the states to determine whether or not they want their residents to be able to wager on sporting events.   As many as 20 states have already begun to create the framework for sports gambling, with others certainly to follow. 

Daniel Wallach, a sports and gambling law attorney, said, "That’s the news every one of these states was waiting for.  Every one of these states’ legislative measures hinged on the finding of the Supreme Court that PASPA is unconstitutional. The ruling allows the states to legislate immediately and for all such laws to become effective immediately."  

The major sports leagues will be happy, as well, as they have pushed for a "sports integrity fee."  The NBA and MLB, in particular, have said they would ask for a 1% fee on all betting, which would be taken out of all sports bets prior to the government getting its share through taxes.      The leagues have argued that it’s a way to help keep corruption out of the industry, but Chuck Canterbury, the president of the national fraternal order of police, has countered, saying, “Our professional leagues should focus on their sport and let us focus on enforcing the law.”

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