U.S. Supreme Court justices suggested they may uphold New Jersey's legalization of sports gambling, in a move that could ripple quickly across the country and let other states grab some of the billions of dollars now bet illegally. In an hour-long argument in Washington Monday, a majority of the justices voiced doubts about a 1992 federal law that bars wagering on individual sporting events in every state except Nevada. New Jersey, which is attempting to repeal its prohibition on sports gambling, contends the federal law violates states' rights. Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the court's swing vote, said the federal law "leaves in place a state law that the state does not want."
Should the high court strike down the federal law, other states could move quickly to take part of the $150 billion the casino-backed American Gaming Association says is wagered illegally every year. By some estimates, more than a dozen states could have legal sports gambling by the end of next year.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who sat in the front row for the argument, told reporters afterward that his state is ready to begin sports betting within two weeks if it prevails. The court will rule by June.
For those of you paying attention, this has broader implications than just sports gambling...PASPA has been repeatedly analogized to Federal Marijuana laws.
If PASPA goes down on a States Rights argument, then the byzantine labyrinth of Federal marijuana laws, regulations and amendments to spending bills would have a hard time surviving an analogous argument.
This would be great. The government lost any ability to make a moral or ethical argument against gambling when it started running its own lotteries. Unlike a lottery, a sports bet has an actual chance to win.
PASPA has been repeatedly analogized to Federal Marijuana laws.
The church bingo lobby is nothing compared to the pharmaceutical opioid lobby.
No legalized MJ so long as lying sheets sessions is in charge.
Ever notice that a Republican world is more like one without George Bailey?
True, but Pottersville looks like a fantastic pub crawl. I'm not sure I want George saved.
You can try to make this about the Right if you want, but the only reason it was ever outlawed is because Liberals have no idea what personal responsibility is and blame everyone else but themselves when they gamble and lose all their money. Then the government has to step in and support them which is what Dems want. Spinning it to anything else just makes you look like you don't know the reality of the situation or just don't want to accept it.
You can try to make this about the Right if you want, but the only reason it was ever outlawed is because Liberals ...
I'm going to stop you right there. Not everything in life maps out to liberals vs. conservatives. You're telling yourself a story that has little connection to the real history.
Bans on gambling in the U.S. go back to the early 19th century. The first bans were because lottery administrators kept stealing all the money they collected instead of paying out winners. Subsequent bans came from the same forces that got Prohibition passed. That's hardly a liberal movement. It was religious in origin.
In current times, if the right wanted sports gambling it could have passed it any time Republicans controlled Congress and the presidency. So it deserves some of the blame for blocking it, along with like-minded Democrats.
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