SCOTUS Feigns Federalism in Sports Betting Decision

This week seven members of the Supreme Court agreed that Congress exceeded its powers when it passed a law that prohibited states from legalizing sports betting. But the ruling was not quite the vindication of state sovereignty that it appeared to be, since almost all of the justices also seemed to agree that Congress could have achieved the same result by passing a slightly different law that would have been constitutional.
The statute that the Court overturned, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), made it illegal for a state to “authorize by law” any sort of wagering on athletic contests. Enacted in 1992, PASPA made an exception for Nevada but otherwise left Americans, who according to informed estimates bet more than $100 billion a year on games, no legal way to do so.
New Jersey, which wanted to legalize sports betting at casinos and racetracks, argued that PASPA violated the

Continue Reading....

Check Also

“Enforcing the Law” Doesn’t Justify Separating Migrant Children from their Parents

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Digg Del StumbleUpon E-mail Reddit Buffer Love ThisThe Trump administration …

Leave a Reply

Send this to a friend