U.S. Supreme Courts Rules Federal Ban On Sports Betting Unconstitutional
History was has been made today with the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of New Jersey been announced. In what many thought would never happen in our lifetime. The Supreme Court in a vote of 7-2 revised the ruling of the Third Circuit of Appeals ruling that blocked New Jersey form offering legal sports betting at state racetracks and Atlantic City casinos.
The Courts decision declared the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) violates the 10th Amendment of the U.S. constitution which prevents the federal government from “commandeering” the authority of individual state governments. In the decision the Court said unequivocally that PASPA “dictated what a state legislature may or may not do.”
The majority opinion went on to say that,” “the legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was elated at the decision and was the first to give credit to former Governor Chris Christie and Former State Senator Ray Lesniak who were always the leading proponents of legalizing and expanding gambling in the Garden State. He went on to say,” I am thrilled to see the Supreme Court finally side with New Jersey and strike down the arbitrary ban on sports betting imposed by Congress decades ago. New Jersey has long been the lead advocate in fighting this inherently unequal law, and today’s ruling will finally allow for authorized facilities in New Jersey to take the same bets that are legal in other states in our country.”
Not wasting any time Senate president Steve Sweeney, Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) introduced legislation that will authorize and legalize sports betting in New Jersey as well as putting in the regulatory framework required that will permit casinos and racetrack to start taking bets.
The legislation will include a provision for an eight percent gross revenue tax on in-person gaming and a 12.5 percent levy on online sports betting. The revenues will be funneled to the disabled and senior citizens. In addition to these tax levies and additional 1.25 percent on gaming revenues actually received by racetrack will be collected and this will be distributed to the host municipalities and countries.