Indian Gaming Commission Responds To SCOTUS Decision On Sports Betting

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Supporters say the ruling will allow states to collect more tax revenues from gaming and will eliminate the need for most illegal gambling operations.

ESPN noted that Malloy signed a bill in 2017 "that will allow the state to move quickly if the federal sports betting ban is overturned by the Supreme Court". Casinos and race tracks are celebrating the news; owners say the lift on the ban will generate revenue and a source of entertainment.

We discuss what the ruling means on all sides of the issue.

Five states - Connecticut, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia - already had enacted laws in preparation for a Supreme Court decision permitting legalization, according to ESPN.

The 1992 law at issue in the case bars state-authorized sports gambling with exceptions for Nevada, Montana, Oregon and DE, states that had approved some form of sports wagering before the law took effect.

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"We will soon see an avalanche of pressure from multinational corporations to legalize sports betting at casinos and racetracks around the country", stated Wussow.

All four major USA professional sports leagues, the NCAA and the federal government had urged the court to uphold the federal law. "Regardless of the particulars of any future sports betting law, the integrity of our game remains our highest priority".

"Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own". That provision unequivocally dictates what a state legislature may and may not do.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito delivered the majority opinion, being joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan, and Neil Gorsuch.

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