Indian Gaming Commission Responds To SCOTUS Decision On Sports Betting


But let's face it - the Supreme Court decision made Monday which will allow states to offer legalized betting on sports is going to prove quite popular. Nevertheless, the Court's opinion has given the states the green light to authorize intrastate sports betting, and in doing so has opened the states to a multi-billion dollar a year market.

Savvy businesspeople are also likely to create new gambling products that aren't specifically addressed by state laws, just as daily fantasy sports companies did while the federal ban was in place.

"Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own".

"State leaders need to be prepared to tell the truth about the economic predation of casino gambling", he told Baptist Press in written comments.

Paul Chitwood, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said, "Gambling, legally or illegally, has benefited none of Kentucky's families or children but has delivered huge payouts in pain". Expect those discussions to ramp up, along with more aggressive lobbying in those states by sports book operators and the professional leagues. "Of course. But if you're asking me had I rather be bitten by a Black Widow or a Brown Recluse, my answer is neither", he said, according to Kentucky Today.

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Logically, then, if Congress cannot tell state governments not to adopt laws authorizing sports gambling, how can it instruct states not to adopt laws regarding gun control, marijuana legalization and any number of other matters across the political spectrum?

In Murphy v. NCAA, the Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Alito, ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act ("PASPA"), which barred states from "authoriz [ing]" betting schemes on "competitive games in which amateur or professional athletes participate", violated the anti-commandeering principle of the Tenth Amendment.

The American Gaming Association represents the $240 billion US casino industry.

In a statement, American Gaming Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman called the Supreme Court decision "a victory". Other states, including Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Washington, and West Virginia appear poised to enact similar laws in the coming weeks and months.

"I don't think we're anywhere to close to (quick implementation)", said state Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, who also serves as the House Majority Leader. Stephen Breyer issued an opinion that concurred in part and dissented in part.