The supreme court issued a federal law that allow sports betting in most states, giving states the authorization to legalize betting on several genres of sports such as football, baseball and basketball.
State-authorized sports gambling is mostly banned in the 1992 law with an exception of allowing wager only in Nevada. Before the rule were promulgated it is estimated that 32 US states would propose sports gambling in five years if the supreme court changed the law.
The court said that an important policy choice can help to legalize sports betting, but they can not make the choice. Their job is to define the law Congress had legislated and determined whether it was compatible with the constitution.
A New Jersey case being fought for years to legalize sports gambling at casinos and racetracks caused the court’s decision. There are dozen of states had supported New Jersey, which argued that Congress exceeded its authority when it approved the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, barring states from authorizing sports betting. New Jersey said that Congress exceeded its authority because it can’t require states to keep sports wagering forbiddances in place.
But the 1992 law has exceptions for Delaware, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and states allowed some form of sports betting before the law had valid. Before the new law had been issued Nevada is the only state where people can bet on the results of a single game.
After the Supreme Court stroke down PASPA, sports wagering is taking the United States by storm. No bar prevented the spread of legal sports betting, and a lot of states had moved to license and regulated sports gambling.
For example, this February, Atlantic City’s casinos had an increase of nearly 26 percent in wagering revenue in comparison with the previous year. The casinos earned 12.7 million USD expenses by winning bets on sports events after being paid other expenses.