U.S. Supreme Court Lifts Ban on Sports Betting

On Monday in a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court has removed the national ban on sports betting.

It was ruled that Congress overstepped its authority in 1992 by banning states that did not already allow sports gambling from entering the lucrative business.

Justice Congress lacks the power to order a state legislature not to enact a law authorizing sports gambling, it may not order a state legislature to refrain from enacting a law licensing sports gambling,
— Justice Samuel Alito

By repealing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the Supreme Court opens the door for any state to legalize sports betting.

New Jersey, which brought the case in July 2017, is expected to be the first state to take advantage of the ruling. Its law allows sports gambling at its Atlantic City casinos and at its racetracks.