Riley Winward, staff writer
In a surprise ruling by the Supreme Court, the federal ban of betting on sports games has been ruled unconstitutional, they ruled in favor of if 6-3. The person who brought this to the attention of the media was former governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, he is also the one that brought it to the Supreme Court and argued that it violated the Tenth Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
In 1922 the government created a federal ban on betting in sports but grandfathered the state of Nevada into allowing betting. Many states recently have brought this topic up because they thought it was unfair that Nevada was the only state benefiting. New Jersey has had many cases where they argued for this ban to be overturned. New Jersey has actually been fighting this for a couple of years they got the right to allow Fanduel and Draftkings. Which are an online one day fantasy sport website that allow users to place money into a pool of players and make a profit depending on how well they do. After they allowed this there focus shifted to the legalization of all sports betting in the state, they argued that there tenth amendment right was violated due to the fact that they cannot give power to the government unless stated in the constitution. Another argument that the state of New Jersey had was the fact that it was not fair for Nevada to be the only ones collecting money from taxes, many states supported New Jersey and encouraged them to follow through with the case.
The federal ban stated that besides a few states the rest of the country could not regulate sport betting because it would lead to organized crime, well it actually did the exact opposite and due to the betting on sports being illegal it lead to more people wanting to create illegal groups to do so. The biggest cases of sports betting with athletes now needs to be brought up due to this and there are a lot of questions to be answered. One big question is do the major sports leagues allow lifetime bans to be lifted due to the new rule in place or do they stay on the lifetime ban, only time will tell.
Now that the ban is lifted many states will start to make spots to go to and place bets on sports, one of the states that plans on acting fast on this is New Jersey because they have had a plan in place in case of something like this happened for quite some time. They will implement this plan over the course of the next few weeks which happens to be in time for the NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup, this will see the state make a large amount of money they will be the “Vegas of the East” for a short period of time. Around the time of those two championship series, New Jersey will see more people traveling there and more hotel rooms being bought which in turn leads to a lot of profit for the state, and depending on the success of it many other states will follow in their footsteps.
The only other issue that can be easily brought up from this is what age should be a person be considered legal to bet on sports and that is why the Supreme Court has left it up to the state to make those laws, sort of like getting a permit or driver’s license. If the state makes the age younger in some states do college athletes decide to go there instead of some other place where the age is higher, only time will tell. The NCAA will have to implement rules that ban athletes from betting on sports but does that now violate their Tenth Amendment Right, so even though the bill overall is a positive thing there are some dilemmas that come out of it.