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Supreme Court Rules Ban On Sports Betting Unconstitutional

Sports gambling is coming to New Jersey—and likely probably many more states across the USA.

As noted by CNN’s Ariane de Vogue and Maegan Vazquez, the United States Supreme Court voted 7-2 to overturn the ban on sports gambling Monday, ruling in the favor of the state of New Jersey, which had filed a lawsuit attempting to get sports betting legalized. Nevada was the only state with legalized sports gambling before Monday.

Looking to boost a stagnating state economy, then-New Jersey governor Chris Christie attempted to legalize sports gambling in the state in 2012. The NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and NCAA banded together to file a lawsuit against Christie and New Jersey, which was successful in multiple lower courts.

“While we are still reviewing the implications to college sports, we will adjust sports wagering and championship policies to align with the direction from the court,” NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement.

“The Court’s decision is monumental, with far-reaching implications for baseball players and the game we love,” MLBPA executive Director Tony Clark said in a statement. “From complex intellectual property questions to the most basic issues of player safety, the realities of widespread sports betting must be addressed urgently and thoughtfully to avoid putting our sport’s integrity at risk as states proceed with legalization.”

“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,” the Supreme Court outlined in its ruling.

So sports betting isn’t legal in your state quite yet, but get ready because it can be coming soon.

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