Court Says States Can OK Sports Betting

Sports betting still illegal in Iowa despite Supreme Court ruling
US Supreme Court Rules State Ban on Sports Betting Is Unconstitutional

15 May, 2018

When Pennsylvania opened the door to online Lottery and mini-casinos past year, lawmakers placed a side bet on the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court would give the green light to sports betting, as well.

The fans gathered at the Red Rock to see the Knights, who are in their inaugural National Hockey League season, take on the Winnipeg Jets, saw the legalization of sports betting as having little impact on the Las Vegas tourism or gaming economies.

Penn National Gaming, which operates Hollywood Casino in Toledo, is interested.

The former ESPN announcer now heads a sports betting broadcast called Vegas Stats and Information Network.

Getting a whiff of its cross-river First State's success, New Jersey pushed a challenge during Chris Christie's administration that finally brought forth the ruling Monday.

But you can't bet on it.

It's not talking yet about details. However, other states that want to allow sports betting could still see several Super Bowls come and go before people there can place a legal bet close to home. "Now it's just about leveraging up depending on what each individual state decides here in U.S". And sports books aren't very profitable.

But lawmakers already are thinking about it. House Assistant Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver, tweeted Monday: "Pulled the bill title to explore Colorado solution to legalized sports betting". They also said that with legal sports betting in the United States, they'd have to spend a lot more money monitoring betting patterns and investigating suspicious activity.

Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey introduced bill (A3911) on May 7 that would allow casinos in Atlantic City and racetracks in this State to conduct wagering on professional and collegiate sport or athletic events.

"The problem is with gambling - any kind of gambling - generally speaking, one of the two spouses ends up enjoying it too much", said Family Foundation Executive Director Kent Ostrander.

In Texas, the idea of legalizing sports gambling is a tougher sell.

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"State laws on gaming are to be viewed strictly as prohibitive to any expansion of gambling". Many places have already concluded their 2018 legislative sessions, which could mean state lawmakers can't address the matter until next year. Modern bettors can wager online via offshore sites and apps, and at least a dozen US states have introduced legislation that will soon revolutionize the practice.

"Arizona gaming policy to this point has been measured, regardless of the now-defunct federal legislation", he said.

"Congress has long-recognized the potential harms posed by sports betting to the integrity of sporting contests and the public confidence in these events". "But we need to talk about all the possible negative consequences of it and we need to have a conversation of how it will be done before we move forward with anything".

The PGA Tour has restated its support of sports gambling following a Supreme Court ruling that overturned a federal law barring gambling in most states.

According to state officials, the earliest the issue could reach the ballot through the petition process or by the State Legislature is 2020.

"We believe that regulation is the most effective way of ensuring integrity in competition, protecting consumers, engaging fans and generating revenue for government, operators and leagues", the PGA Tour said in a statement.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league remains a favorite "of a federal framework that would provide a uniform approach to sports gambling in states that choose to permit it". "More discussion to follow at future league meetings". Before the Supreme Court ruling, Nevada was the only state that allowed people to bet on the results of a single game. Major League Soccer issued a statement seeking similar cooperation. But, he made sure to add then, "we have to make sure we are operating in an environment where we can protect (the) integrity of the game".

Like numerous details, in the absence of federal legislation, this ultimately could vary from state to state.

West Virginia recently passed a measure which would authorize sports gambling should the 1992 law be struck down.

New Jersey's successful fight to strike down 1992's Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) leaves it poised to have legal betting in a couple of weeks or so.

As an example, Swoik cited the law that allowed video gambling, originally sold as a way to help existing bars, restaurants and charitable organizations. Lower courts had ruled against New Jersey's law.

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