The Supreme Court paves the way for states to legalize gambling

Las Vegas no longer has a monopoly on sports gambling. More

The case concerned New Jersey, but it has implications for other states eager to allow and tax sports gambling.

And it could mean more money for the state.

Major League Baseball, along with all the other three major American professional sports leagues, had urged the court to uphold the law based off the argument that gambling expansion would hurt the integrity of the game. New Jersey believes sports gambling will help tax revenue and tourism.

The proposed legislation in Iowa would have placed sports betting under the direction of the state's casinos, and the activity would be regulated by the state's Racing and Gaming Commission.

But those states already have some form of legalized gambling, unlike SC, where only the lottery is legal and anti-gambling laws, dating back to colonial times, historically have been so strict, it has been hard for charities to hold raffles. And Ducey has made no secret he thinks there's a better deal to be had, with the state getting more cash.

Instead, under the ruling it will be up to each state to come up with its own set of sports betting rules. The law had allowed states like Nevada to have massive sports books. "The state normally wants something in return, that's for sure".

"They've been looking for some way to reach out and grab the younger people. PASPA is not", the ruling said.

The NFL, MLB, NBA, and NCAA has all released statements on the Supreme Court's decision.

"They can either try to work with the different states to see if something could be worked out whereby they get a percentage of all monies raised" or try to get Congress to pass a federal law, Kelly said.

"We are aware of today's ruling by the supreme court and we will monitor the developments closely as they occur".

"Doing some reviews on what the options are under the federal decision", said Governor Charlie Baker. Federal courts struck down that measure as violating the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sport Protection Act, or PASPA. All four major US professional sports leagues and the NCAA also had urged the court to uphold the federal law, saying a gambling expansion would hurt the integrity of their games.

"I am for Minnesota getting a share of the profits from what is already going on", Dayton said.

The state of Nevada reported more than $ 3 billion dollars of legal betting on all sports in 2016. And likely the amount of money wagered, too.

"A 20-25 percent rate for the state could literally be $150-$200 million bounty for the state of Alabama", Kip Keefer said.

Conversely, he said, there may be benefits to having more of the sports wagering done through legitimate outlets. They plan to offer sports betting soon.

But most people who follow sports betting here don't think Montana, which has seen significant revenue woes and budget cuts over the a year ago, would see much of a payday from expanded sports betting.

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