U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Sports Betting Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a decision overturning the federal ban on sports betting outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Opinion in Murphy, Governor of New Jersey, et al 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.”

Posted: May 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth Park, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Sports Betting Ban”

  1. Terrific! said at 4:58 pm on May 14th, 2018:

    Everyone bets on sports:should create a super new revenue stream for The Murph to maybe fund all his social programs, maybe keep the pension system afloat, etc.. therefore, we do NOT need legal recreational weed further dumbing down our populace,and poisoning children whom many dummies will smoke around. In the words of a former Dem freeholder here, sounds like a “win-win!”

  2. One-sided said at 6:23 pm on May 14th, 2018:

    Hey, Terrific! I assume you have stats that degenerate gamblers cause less damage than degenerate pot smokers? I’m guessing it is the other way around. At the same time, I suggest it is not up to the government, especially at the Federal level, but no less at the State level to regulate personal behaviours. If someone breaks a law while engaging in personal behaviors they should pay the socially agreed upon penalty. Personally, I know of more citizens (productive ones much like you, your dentist, banker and your kid’s coach) smoking weed than betting on sporting events. Finally, I doubt much of the income will get to the social programs. Unless of course, those social programs are employing people to run the social programs, their sick days and pensions. I look forward to the increased employment at, and popularity of, Monmouth Racetrack, and increased revenue for local businesses.

  3. Bob English said at 7:32 pm on May 14th, 2018:

    Since NJ has not permitted casino style gambling at its horse tracks, this is the next best thing

  4. Hey,” one- sided,” said at 7:37 pm on May 14th, 2018:

    guess the next thing you think would be fine is legalized prostitution?? If all of you pot smokers are “ responsible,” then why can’t somebody responsibly bet on a game or two, with their own money, if they wish? Not everyone’s a degenerate gambler- just because you love weed, doesn’t mean we all do. And, having people in my own family go from pot to much worse, you can get your jollies all you want, how about, just don’t make children and others near you smell the stink?.. And yes, there are stats from Colorado already, which state the the number of children admitted to ER’s with pot poisoning from the idiot adults near them, are up over 30%, as well as more car accidents, and law enforcement difficulties in determining “driving while stoned.” Plus, I have just as much right to hate it as you do to love it. Guess that makes you “ one-sided,” too!

  5. One-sided said at 8:27 am on May 15th, 2018:

    Hi Hey, I may not have been clear… I’m good with legalizing sports gambling. My point was that not ALL those that use marijuana are as described “Terrific.” Personally, I don’t smoke weed (or drink for that matter). I do play poker a few times a year.

    No children should be permitted to use or be near it. And if laws are broken due to possession or use (like allowing a child to gain access to pot or alcohol, or prescription drugs for that matter), those responsible should be punished. It is expensive, but police can be adequately trained to identify those operating vehicles under the influence of marijuana. Breathalyzers weren’t available when folks first mixed drinking and driving. I don’t believe the ability to police something should determine whether or not it should be legal. Phone tapping wasn’t available to law enforcement when the first phone lines were strung across NJ. But they figured it out.

    I once saw a stoned 3-year-old (30 years ago or so), and it still haunts me. I have seen addiction of all kinds ruin lives and kill, and it is all horrific. But legal status doesn’t appear to me to have much impact on addiction. I have also seen numbers that show that opioid abuse falls where pot is legal. The problem of addiction goes well beyond the product or behavior.

    I have also seen families crumble from gambling. The children of those families find comfort in other addictions, not to mention houses lost and retaliation for (legal and illegal) unpaid debts. Regarding prostitution, I’m not sure on that one. I believe a lot is going on underground, more terrifying than we see on the streets, and legalization could decriminalize folks just trying to feed their children and stay alive.

    I appreciate you bringing my lack of clarity to my attention. I hope this clarifies my position.

  6. Got it! said at 9:11 am on May 15th, 2018:

    Appears we have yet another emotional issue with lots of concerns to work through..for some of us, it’s off- putting to see the cockiness and greed that comes with something else we know that some people can and will abuse, hurting themselves and others.. and, ultimately costing the beleaguered taxpayers even more. ( like the “free needles” that are winding up littering some our prettiest cities’ streets..) Having lived through the manic drug days of the sixties, it just really scares me,for this generation..


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