The Supreme Court strikes down federal anti sports gambling law, gives states go-ahead to allow betting on sports and ending Nevada’s monopoly.
In a 7-2 vote, the court ruled that a 25-year-old federal law prohibiting sports betting outside Nevada is unconstitutional.
New Jersey challenged the law after Gov. Chris Christie enacted a law to allow sports betting in that state to help the ailing casinos and race tracks.
“Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own,” Justice Samuel Alito said. “Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution.