The Supreme Court to allow states to legalize sports betting.

The 6-3 vote upholds a 2014 New Jersey state law.

Brad Wright
May 14, 2018 - 10:03 am
Supreme Court Justices


The U.S. Supreme Court justices voted 6-3 to strike down the entire Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, paving the way for states to legalize sports betting. States, other than New Jersey, are eager to allow and tax sports gambling with the hopes of grabbing a piece of the estimated $150 billion in illegal wagering on sports.

Speak on behalf of the Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito wrote, "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.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn PASPA:


Today’s decision by the Supreme Court opens the door for states to pass laws legalizing sports betting.  We remain in favor of a federal framework that would provide a uniform approach to sports gambling in states that choose to permit it, but we will remain active in ongoing discussions with state legislatures.  Regardless of the particulars of any future sports betting law, the integrity of our game remains our highest priority.