Supreme Court strikes down federal law banning sports gambling in most states
The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states today. The decision gives states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports.
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law 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.
CBS News' Jan Crawford reports that the justices agreed 7-2 that the federal ban was unconstitutional and that states have the authority to decide whether to offer legal sports betting. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonya Sotomayor dissented.
One research firm estimated before the ruling that if the Supreme Court were to strike down the law, 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years.
The court'swhich has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks in the state.
In a statement after the High Court's ruling on Monday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement that he was "thrilled to see the Supreme Court finally side with New Jersey and strike down the arbitrary ban on sports betting imposed by Congress decades ago."
"New Jersey has long been the lead advocate in fighting this inherently unequal law, and today's ruling will finally allow for authorized facilities in New Jersey to take the same bets that are legal in other states in our country," he added.
Murphy credited the court victory to the bipartisan effort from former Governor Chris Christie and former State Senator Raymond Lesniak.
"This is the fear of every governor that we'll be at the mercy of the federal government and they'll make us pay for it," said Christie. "Today it's sports gaming, tomorrow it's something else," he added. Christie said his state's "long experience" of casino gaming shows that New Jersey can appropriately regulate sports gaming.
Murphy meanwhile said he looked forward to formally enacting a law authorizing and regulating sports betting in the very near future."
Continue reading at CBSNews.com.