The Opinion in Murphy, Governor of New Jersey, et al v National Collegiate Athletic Association, et al , overturns the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 and allows states to set their own rules for sport betting.
The decision, written by New Jersey native Samuel Alito, states that Congress can set uniform national rules regarding sports betting, but that absent national law, the state have the power to regulate sports betting within their borders.
Sports betting is expected to start within a matter of weeks, if not days, at Monmouth Park in Oceanport.
“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,” Governor Phil Murhphy said in a press release.
“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.
“Today’s victory would not have been possible without the incredible bipartisan effort from so many in our state, particularly former Governor Christie and former State Senator Lesniak. I look forward to working with the Legislature to enact a law authorizing and regulating sports betting in the very near future.”