By a 7-2 decision on Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with the state of New Jersey in striking down a 1992 law that banned nationwide sports gambling.
The ruling does not automatically make sports gambling legal in all 50 states, but instead clears the path for each state to legalize it on its own without federal intrusion. New Jersey (obviously) was the fastest-moving state on this issue, with casinos and horse racing tracks readying to take sports wagers reportedly as soon as the NBA Finals. Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and West Virginia are the next in line. Mileage may very elsewhere depending on your state legislature, but states with casino infrastructure already in place — Oklahoma and Louisiana, to name two — seem like good bets (get it?) to get in on the action.
BREAKING: Supreme Court strikes down federal anti sports gambling law, gives states go-ahead to allow betting on sports.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 14, 2018
New Jersey, the state at the heart of the Supreme Court case, can probably start taking bets in a few weeks. A couple other states perhaps in the fall. But many legislatures are in recess or at the end of session so for many states it could be a year or more before it happens
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) May 14, 2018
Monday’s ruling is the gateway to a world in which fans can place bets at their local sports bar, the convenience store, even the concession stands of their own stadiums.
This SCOTUS ruling is huge. Gambling will transform stadiums as live betting becomes part of the game day experience.
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) May 14, 2018
Two big developments from sports gambling being legalized: 1. The audiences most affected will be international, young and mobile/social. All ripe markets. 2. It opens up new revenue streams by lifting restrictions for advertising on places such as casinos. Signage, sponsorships.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 14, 2018
Quick thought on Supreme Court decision: with widespread legalized sports betting coming, college coaches who detest talking injuries better get used to some version of NFL style injury reports.
— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) May 14, 2018
Statement from the NCAA’s chief legal officer, Donald Remy: pic.twitter.com/WY3PsXWZGh
— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) May 14, 2018
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