Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, May 14, 2018

The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for states to legalize sports betting, striking down a 1992 federal law that had prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting. The 6-3 ruling is a victory for New Jersey and other states who have considered allowing sports gambling as a way to encourage tourism and tax revenue. The NCAA, NFL and NBA had backed the federal prohibition. ... "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the 6-3 opinion. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own."

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"Today's decision clears the way for all states to make their own decisions about legalizing sports betting, and in one fell swoop gets rid of Nevada's monopoly on the subject and the 1992 federal statute that had protected it," said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law.

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This is great news unless Congress messes it up by passing a new federal ban. I should be able to make bets on sporting events without going all the way to Vegas. Government has no moral leg to stand on when it bans one form of gambling while it runs its own multi-million gambling operations.

#1 | Posted by rcade at 2018-05-14 12:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Kagan apparently broke ranks and voted with the majority.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-05-14 01:02 PM | Reply

All this will do is give the states their cut in taxes. The gambling is already going on.

#3 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2018-05-14 09:34 PM | Reply

Isn't there internet sports betting already? I never gamble even when in Vegas, but I don't see much harm in letting people lose money for entertainment.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-14 09:48 PM | Reply

I don't see much harm in letting people lose money for entertainment.

#4 | POSTED BY BORED

Just like most things it's fine in moderation.... Still a vice for a lot of people, that will gamble their paychecks and houses away....

I am for the States right to decide for themselves though........

#5 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2018-05-15 10:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We have become a country of people who demand that any bad decisions we make be covered by the government. That's all a prelude to these types of decisions. Gambling doesn't matter because of someone gambles all their money away, they will get government benefits and if anyone complains about it, a certain party will come to the rescue and ensure personal responsibility doesn't play a part in peoples' lives.

#6 | Posted by Tribunal at 2018-05-15 12:04 PM | Reply

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