New Supreme Court Decision Allows for Legalized Sports Gambling

State-authorized betting has been given the go-ahead.

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After a prolonged legal tussle, the Supreme Court has dictated that sports betting may now be legalized on a state-by-state basis. Since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA) was initiated in 1992, the only state that allowed the gambling was Nevada.

In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court elected to knock down PAPSA, a move opposed by the respective heads of the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and NCAA. Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie initiated the six-year-long legal dispute between himself and the sports leagues after announcing plans to allow sports betting in his state, which now aims to be the first state to create a betting bill in the wake of the decision. Though Christie and current NJ governor Phil Murphy expressed pleasure at the decision, some sports officials, including NBA commissioner Adam Silver and MLB’s Tony Clark, offered more tepid responses.

Read some of the reactions below.

Elsewhere in the world of sports, Kevin Durant’s mom just starred in Budweiser’s Mother’s Day commercial.

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