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Supreme Court strikes down ban on state-level sports betting

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The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA), a 1992 law that prevented nearly all state-authorized betting on professional and college sports.

sports betting bill connecticutThe 7-2 ruling was the result of Christie vs. the National Collegiate Athletic Association, where the New Jersey state government has challenged federal law restricting sports betting. Only Nevada was exempt from the law.

Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito stated that “a more direct affront to state sovereignty is not easy to imagine.” Alito added, “Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not.”

In March, Democratic leaders in the Connecticut legislature anticipated PAPSA’s demise when announcing plans to create a bill to bring sports betting to the state.

“If the court opens up this extremely popular market to the states, Connecticut should be ready to go from both a regulatory and an operational standpoint,” House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) said. The state would need to discuss the issue with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes before a sports betting industry can be developed, he said.

Gov. Dannel  Malloy said his administration was reviewing the Supreme Court decision. “In the coming days, I plan to deliberate with legislative leadership regarding the impact of this decision on the state,” he said. “As of today, I am prepared to call the General Assembly into special session to consider legalizing sports betting in Connecticut.

“It is incumbent on us to consider the question of legalized sports betting in a thoughtful way that ensures our approach is responsible, smart, and fully realizes the economic potential that this opportunity provides,” Malloy said.

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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