In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law today that prohibits sports gambling, with the ruling in a New Jersey case clearing the way for states to legalize betting on sports, ESPN reports.
“The court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, 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 story reports.
The report notes that with billions expected to be wagered at new legal sportsbooks across the country, “the NBA and MLB are angling to reap some of the profits.”
“States that want to offer legal sports betting may now do so, and New Jersey plans to be first,” ESPN reports. “Delaware, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are among the states expected to quickly get into the legal bookmaking game.”
The report adds: “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.”