U.S. Supreme Court Gives States Control on Sports Betting/Legislation Likely In Many States U.S. Supreme Court Gives States Control on Sports Betting/Legislation Likely In Many States

U.S. Supreme Court Gives States Control on Sports Betting/Legislation Likely In Many States

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Murphy, Governor of New Jersey, ET AL. v. National Collegiate Athletic Assn. ET AL., 16 U.S. 476 (2018), struck down the federal ban on sports betting in the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which was originally enacted in 1992.
 
This decision will have a significant impact on the gaming industry, sporting organizations, fans of impacted sporting events, and many others. States will now have the ability to authorize sports betting in their respective jurisdictions and consider appropriate licensure schemes and regulation if Congress does not decide to regulate this industry.
 
Sports betting is currently legal in only a few states because of exemption provisions in PASPA which allowed certain states to operate when the Act was enacted. By removing the federal ban on sports wagering, the U.S. Supreme Court has given the authority back to states on whether to authorize sports wagering.
 
Some states have already passed legislation in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. It is anticipated that many additional states will move forward to properly regulate this new gaming area which will reduce illegal gaming activity, enhance tax revenue for States, and create new business opportunity for sports leagues, gaming operators, and others involved in this new area of gaming law. States will now be faced with a decision on whether or not to implement sports wagering and how best to do so. 
 
Ice Miller LLP has significant experience with gaming law, and our Sports and Entertainment Group has significant experience representing athletes, professional and amateur sports organizations and public and private colleges and universities and sports related business. Ice Miller lawyers represent the full range of its gaming clients' needs in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. Moreover, Ice Miller has the capability and experience to meet the regulatory needs of clients including operators, vendors, units of government, sports franchises and leagues and e-sport entities. Ice Miller’s Gaming and Pari-Mutuel Practice and its Sports and Entertainment Group is unique in that it combines public affairs and lobbying experience with the legal depth and breadth of a major law firm. 

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how laws or decisions discussed herein apply to the reader’s specific circumstances.

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