NEW JERSEY — The United States Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibits sports gambling Monday — that gives states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports.
The court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), a 1992 law that barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.
The court ruled in favor of New Jersey and against the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, capping a nearly six-year legal battle and overturning a federal statute that the sports leagues had adamantly stood by for more than 20 years.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, twitted on the landmark ruling.
A great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions. New Jersey citizens wanted sports gambling and the federal Gov't had no right to tell them no. The Supreme Court agrees with us today. I am proud to have fought for the rights of the people of NJ.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) 14 maj 2018
New Jersey’s current governor, Phil Murphy, also cheered the ruling, saying he was “thrilled” to see the high court strike down the “arbitrary ban.” He said in a statement that he looks forward to working with the legislature to “enact a law authorizing and regulating sports betting in the very near future.”
For nearly 26 years, Nevada has been the only state allowed to offer a full menu of sports betting options.