All 50 states are now free to sponsor gambling on sporting events.
In a 6-3 ruling Monday (May 14), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that prevented state authorization of sports gambling. The decision — which reversed opinions by lower courts — means states may legalize and operate betting on professional and college sports.
It appears gambling on sporting events will soon become a reality beyond Nevada, which was exempted from the original law. The law also enabled Delaware, Montana and Oregon to have limited legal sports gambling.
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. Legislators in another 14 states have introduced bills to authorize sports betting, ESPN reported.
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Source: Baptist Press