Baishampayan Ghose /FlickrThis week seven members of the Supreme Court agreed that Congress exceeded its powers when it passed a law that prohibited states from legalizing sports betting.
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The American Gaming Association (AGA), which represents the USA casino industry, has long opposed the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, contending it has resulted in an annual illegal sports betting market of $150 billion. And with the exception of 2014, gaming revenues have increased every year for more than a decade. "Regardless of the particulars of any future sports betting law, the integrity of our game remains our highest priority".
All 50 states are now free to sponsor gambling on sporting events. We have always believed that sports wagering would eventually come out of the shadows.More news: Coli update: You can now safely eat romaine again
"As a result, we now seek partnerships with proven gaming software and other established operators in the anticipation that individual State legislation will receive approval", said Ed Comins, WatchandWager president.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito delivered the majority opinion, being joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan, and Neil Gorsuch. "And this is true under either our interpretation or that advocated by respondents and the United States", wrote Justice Alito. That provision unequivocally dictates what a state legislature may and may not do. Stephen Breyer issued an opinion that concurred in part and dissented in part.More news: I'm Not Desperate, I Have Unfinished Business In Ekiti - Fayemi