The United States Supreme Court ruled to overturn the federal ban on sports betting on Monday morning by the margin of 7-2. States will now have the option to regulate sports gambling.
This decision against The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) has been coming for a long time now, with states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia already taking steps to be prepared for this ruling.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that New Jersey could be taking bets within the next “couple weeks,” while others could take much longer to get up and running.
New Jersey, the state at the heart of the Supreme Court case, can probably start taking bets in a few weeks. A couple other states perhaps in the fall. But many legislatures are in recess or at the end of session so for many states it could be a year or more before it happens
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) May 14, 2018
It will take years before some states are fully operational in sports gambling, so this ruling likely won’t affect the 2018 college football season. However, college football will eventually feel the impact of this day.
The last section of the opinion outlines the pros and cons of such a ruling, while also acknowledging that the subsequent policies that come from repealing PASPA will not fall to the Supreme Court’s feet.
“The legalization of sports gambling is a controversial subject,” it reads. “Supporters argue that legalization will produce revenue for the States and critically weaken illegal sports betting operations, which are often run by organized crime. Opponents contend that legalizing sports gambling will hook the young on gambling, encourage people of modest means to squander their savings and earnings, and corrupt professional and college sports.
“The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. 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.”