Skip to comments.Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide
Posted on 05/14/2018 7:47:50 AM PDT by Leaning Right
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports.
The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.
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States will set up sports books such as they have in Vegas. It’s inevitable. A new source of tax revenue is irresistible to them.
Bad news for Vegas, gambling is everywhere now. They will have to subsidize plane flights and hotel costs to get people there for anything other than conventions, and frankly I think Key West is gearing up to be a convention mecca as big corps are buying things up to prepare.
“Its inevitable. A new source of tax revenue is irresistible to them.”
and it will be for the children.
And with high stakes gambling come high stakes game fixing.
Based on what?
Absolutely the right decision by the Court. The way Congress handled the topic violated the anti-commandeering principle.
Let states exercise their rights under the 10th Amendment and decide for themselves. No different than lotteries, which by the way, states don’t seem to have a problem with as they make the $$$.
States will set up sports books such as they have in Vegas. Its inevitable. A new source of tax revenue is irresistible to them.
The only gambling we do is getting out of bed in the morning. Thats risky enough.
> And with high stakes gambling come high stakes game fixing. <
Good point. Soon we’ll be seeing late-night TV ads such as this: Have you been arrested for throwing a game? Call attorney Smith at 555-5555.
This should have been obvious. The idea that Congress can prohibit state legislatures from amending or repealing their own laws is ludicrous.
Here's the ruling you can read for yourself: Murphy v. NCAA.
Agreed, states will have a new source of revenue, then they will waste it as they always do.
“high stakes game fixing.”
The NBA and Major League Baseball have been asking states to give them 1 percent of the total amount wagered on their games, calling it an integrity fee so they can protect their products and snuff out attempts at cheating and game-fixing.
Now, lets be clear thats just a euphemism for a cut of the action, Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill U.S., a sports book operator, told New York state lawmakers in January. There will be plenty of financial benefits to the leagues.
I agree with Mr. Asher here. It is already against the rules of all professional sports teams to fix games and is punishable by as much as a ban from the sport. Ask Pete Rose, Alex Karras, Paul Hornung, Art Schlichter, Ralph Beard, Alex Groza, Norm Mager, Alvin Roth, Bill Spivey, Sherman White, and a whole pro baseball team in 1919, to name a few.
So why are the sports being betted upon expecting a cut from the action when the owners of the sports are the owners of the teams and are just as guilty as the players. Owners in today’s sports are on a first name basis with gamblers and mobsters that control gambling all over the world. Mays and Aaron were almost banned from the MLB when they took jobs working for casinos after they retired and had to quit. And all they were doing was shaking hands. Joe Namath had a clause in his contract that said he would be suspended if he was observed, “associating with notorious persons.” He was forced to sell his interest in Bachelors III, a bar/nightclub he shared with Bobby Van and former team mate Ray Abbruzzese because of the clientele, or he “enter[ed] drinking or gambling establishments”. If this is the case, it is nothing more than blood money as the league doesn’t play by the same rules. Ugly!
The problem is that states won’t be able to stay within their borders. And that’s when the interstate commerce act and Title 18 of the federal code are pushed in not to mention uncontrolled positions of each state.
An example of this was Michael Vick. He was busted and imprisoned for running dog fighting. What he wasn’t busted for was a federal rap on funding an interstate gambling book for the fights that would have meant 20 years in the federal pen done on internet and telecom. That is considered racketeering and money laundering. But they did him a favor by only handing him a couple of years. How many favors are they going to need now?
Judgment REVERSED. Alito, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Thomas, Kagan, and Gorsuch, JJ., joined, and in which Breyer, J., joined as to all but Part VI-B. Thomas, J., filed a concurring opinion. Breyer, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part. Ginsburg, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Sotomayor, J., joined, and in which Breyer, J., joined in part. VIDED.
Breyer’s fence-straddling confuses the final tally: 6-3 or 7-2? Not that it matters...
Now to make a time machine.
Yeah... in principle, in principle... very much in principle....
This decision might have been the right legal move vis a vis states’ rights. It probably wasn’t the best moral move. But, and I believe we ought to all recognize this, government can’t nanny all moral matters. Something has to come from the private sphere, such as churches (which might preach that to gamble like this is, except maybe in the most trivial cases, to put God to an unseemly test).
If the States ensure the leagues and NCAA get a piece of the action via “integrity fees” or other such euphemism, there will be no favors needed.
At its core, this isn’t a morals issue as much as it is a money issue.