Supreme Court decision could bring sports betting to Texas

Marsha Scott
May 15, 2018

There will be a licensing process that could take weeks - possibly a few months - before books will be able to take bets remotely. "For most of the other states, I'd expect it start at the beginning of the football season this fall". In finding PASPA unconstitutional, the court reaffirms the federal government can not tell state legislatures what laws to pass, repeal, or keep on the books.

The site doesn't offer sports gambling but will if it becomes legal. "We're aware of the ruling and looking to see what impact it will immediately have on OH policies".

"Supporters argue that legalization will produce revenue for the states and critically weaken illegal sports betting operations, which are often run by organized crime", he wrote.

Some saw other concerns, including for some gamblers.

Westgate race and sports book chief Jay Kornegay calls Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing sports betting in states an opportunity for which sports books have been preparing for a long time. "I know the NCAA, the NFL, (Major League Baseball) -all of them have been against this".

In South Dakota, the decision to allow sports betting lies in the hands of voters. Instead, he said, 5,000 new businesses have been created - a lot of them gambling cafes.

The Las Vegas-based company operates more than 10 properties there and several more in the USA and overseas.

The high court ruling said Congress is free to outlaw sports betting under federal law, but cannot tell states what they can and cannot make legal under their own laws.

The company also operates the Tropicana resort on the Las Vegas Strip and the M Resort in suburban Henderson, Nevada. MS and West Virginia have also been preparing for sports betting, and gamblers there could be placing bets as early as this summer and certainly before the National Football League season starts in September.

Getting a whiff of its cross-river First State's success, New Jersey pushed a challenge during Chris Christie's administration that finally brought forth the ruling Monday.

The Conference is reviewing the Supreme Court's ruling on PASPA that was handed down today, which will permit states to legalize sports gambling.

It's not talking yet about details.

The American Gaming Association, which filed a brief with the Supreme Court in favor of legal sport betting, estimates that United States residents place about $150 billion in illegal bets on games each year. "Now it's just about leveraging up depending on what each individual state decides here in U.S".

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Conversely, he said, there may be benefits to having more of the sports wagering done through legitimate outlets.

There was a seven-year lull between Pennsylvania's last big move on gaming, the 2010 law that allowed table games in casinos, and last year's expansion.

"It's the same reason we've seen the spread of casinos to so many states - the states have been watching consumers going out of state to place bets", said Josh Schiller, an attorney who has represented various gaming interests.

Casinos and racetracks in the state are also moving quickly. "We already bet on horse racing, which is one sport". He sees the question as more as an urban versus rural divide rather than Republican or Democratic divide and he thinks the urban-rural division may be diminishing.

"That's always something we have to consider", Millman says, acknowledging the monetary risks of gambling.

"State laws on gaming are to be viewed strictly as prohibitive to any expansion of gambling". States such as Pennsylvania and CT could be racing to get in the game, as well. He says the upcoming legislation will have that focus, too. It will likely take years for some states to work out their regulatory frameworks, but gambling research firm Eilers & Krejcik reportedly estimated that 32 states will legalize sports gambling in some capacity by 2023.

"In Canada, this issue is better addressed with good policy and law-developed discussion between provinces and the federal government, instead of an abrupt court decision as the Americans are now grappling with", he said.

The tour past year established a program that requires players on all six circuits the PGA Tour manages to take part in an online tutorial that, among other things, illustrates some of the far-reaching effects of gambling.

That could open the door for as many as 50 different systems without some federal guidance on the issue, something the leagues emphasized.

The other three - Delaware, Montana and OR - opted instead to create sports-based lottery games.

Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association have proposed states mandate a 1 percent kickback to the leagues for assuming added risk. It said "our most important priority is protecting the integrity of our games".

State legislatures can now pass laws approving it, whereas before it was only legal in Nevada.

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