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Falk Sports Law Professor Comments on SCOTUS Decision to Allow Sports Bets
In a 6-3 vote on May 14, the Supreme Court ruled that a 25-year-old law that made sports betting illegal was unconstitutional.
John T. Wolohan is a professor of Sports Law in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University. He says those wanting to place bets no longer need to flock to Las Vegas to play.
“The United States Supreme Court today handed down its long-awaited decision in Murphy v. NCAA. The case involved New Jerseys’ attempt to allow sports betting in the state’s casinos and racetracks. Worried about the integrity of their sports, the NCAA and professional sports leagues challenged New Jersey’s new law under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). Passed in 1992, PASPA prohibited any state not currently offering sports gaming from adding such gambling.
“In ruling that PASPA was unconstitutional, the Supreme Court’s decision opens the door for sports betting around the country. With nearly 20 states across the U.S. already taken up the issue in their respective legislatures, and more states considering new laws, bettors will no longer need to flock to Vegas to bet on the big games.”
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