Cash-hungry states betting Supreme Court will legalize sports gambling

Cash-hungry states betting Supreme Court will legalize sports gambling

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They have placed their bets.

From New York to California, lawmakers in at least 20 states are wagering that sports gambling could become legal by summer and are crafting legislation to make that happen within their borders.

The rush of action stems from a pending case before the Supreme Court — Christie v. NCAA — under which New Jersey, through a suit filed by then-Gov. Chris Christie, is seeking to strike down a federal law that prevents the state from allowing gambling on sports.

New Jersey has argued that the 1992 law — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act — violates the 10th Amendment, which the Supreme Court has said prohibits federal laws that would compel states to carry out federal dictates.

The gambling law, the state argued, forces states to bar sports wagering. The act is unusual because it does not ban sports gambling nationwide. Instead, it says the states cannot permit it. A handful of states, including Nevada, were exempted from the law under a grandfather clause.




Image: People wait in line to place bets after Super Bowl XLVIII in Las Vegas

People wait in line to place bets at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Superbook.