Indian Gaming Commission Responds To SCOTUS Decision On Sports Betting

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"We are very excited about the likely legalization of sports wagering in the United States".

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. Casinos and race tracks are celebrating the news; owners say the lift on the ban will generate revenue and a source of entertainment. The law also enabled Delaware, Montana and OR to have limited legal sports gambling.

One research firm estimated before the ruling that if the Supreme Court were to strike down the law, 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years. We have always believed that sports wagering would eventually come out of the shadows.

All four major USA professional sports leagues, the NCAA and the federal government had urged the court to uphold the federal law.

It's not like casino gaming is struggling in Oklahoma.

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"We look forward to working with the state of New Jersey, legislators, and horse racing leadership, to ensure that sports betting is a plus for New Jersey's horse racing industry".

More than a dozen states had supported New Jersey, which argued that Congress exceeded its authority when it passed the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, barring states from authorizing sports betting. That provision unequivocally dictates what a state legislature may and may not do.

"State leaders need to be prepared to tell the truth about the economic predation of casino gambling [and] pastors and church leaders need to be prepared to pastor their flock through the fallout that the court's decision is sure to produce".

Joining Alito in the majority were Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch. As Justice Stephen Breyer put it in his concurring opinion, "the only problem" with the challenged law "lies in its means, not its end". Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed did not believe it was morally wrong to gamble on sporting events.

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