Senator Orrin Hatch Wants Federal Regulation of Sports Betting

States are now free to offer sports betting: where do South Carolina leaders stand?

The ruling immediately legalizes sports betting in New Jersey and is expected to spark a wave of state-level legislation across the country.

Keith S. Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, said he can envision a sports world in which the outcome of games is nearly beside the point. "Not just by yourself, but if you go with a bunch of friends, you can watch the game, bet on it, it's a little camaraderie also". The petitioners, the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horse Racing Association ("NJTHA"), argued that PAPSA impermissibly limited how the states may choose to regulate private parties and insisted that the Repeal Law did not "authorize" sports gambling but merely repealed existing prohibitions. "It's a complicated issue". Around the country, other leagues are gathering this month and - for most - the possibility of legalized sports gambling where their member institutions are located will be a major topic.

It's amusing how this case, which was filed by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, ended with some wise words from the one of the most ardent opponents of marijuana legalization in the country. Christie posted to Twitter on Monday: This is "a great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions". Alito acknowledged this authority, but said that Congress's power to pre-empt state law only relates to laws in which Congress regulates citizens directly, not to laws regulating the states. But the session ends on Friday.

" I think it is going to be a free-for-all for quite some time and the legislature is probably going to take quite a while to sort through this issue", said Clyde Barrow, who is the chair of the political science department at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and who has long followed the New England casino market.

"If we win sports wagering, online gaming will go to every state that adopts sports betting", David Rebuck, director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, previously told the Associated Press.

"Can it happen? Yes, if there's sufficient will among the legislature and the governor", he said. The cost of regulating this new industry will likely be passed on to bettors. And an influential Republican on Capitol Hill, Sen. Indeed, the National Council on Problem Gambling says a large majority of kids have gambled before their 18 birthday. "Anything that expands it, we want to take a really hard look at it". Now only Nevada allows sports betting. Specifically the law directed state legislatures not to approve or otherwise promote sports wagering.

But that law likely need to be rewritten, Sleight said. Even better news for Capped Sports, which Lindsey describes as "The Facebook of Sports Betting".


There's good reason to fear what could ensue in terms of the integrity of American sports if sports gambling becomes a national pastime, particularly given the propensity of professional athletes to gamble heavily themselves.

Capped Sports also measures sports betting trends using thousands of bots that make the same bet just before a certain team plays. New Jersey, the plaintiff in the case, already has the infrastructure in place. "So if the Yankees were in the World Series, you couldn't bet on that", Sleight said.

On the other hand, there is the prospect that the state's Indian nations may jump ahead.

The American Gaming Association represents the $240 billion US casino industry.

The Oneidas operate Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, Oneida County; and the Point Place Casino in Bridgeport and Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango, both in Madison County.

Some tribes believe agreements with states already give them the right to control sports betting, while others will work out the details through negotiations in compacts that vary in wording state by state.

The Oneidas have not clarified what they mean by "near future".

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