Connections: The future of sports betting in New York State

Dennis Drazin | Patty Wolfe

Dennis Drazin | Patty Wolfe

The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government can not constitutionally ban gambling on sports, following the Tenth Amendment and returning that power to the states.

The ruling could affect, state-by-state, everything from the Trump administration's efforts to punish "sanctuary cities" that don't actively enforce federal immigration law, to assisted suicide.

Travis Wussow, general counsel and vice president for public policy at ERLC, told the Baptist Press that the decision will lead to a slippery slope of harm to society. We have always believed that sports wagering would eventually come out of the shadows. "PASPA is not", Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court.

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the PASPA Act (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act), a 1992 law that blocked state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions.

A LifeWay Research study released in 2016 reported 49 percent of Americans said sports gambling should not be legalized in the country, while 40 percent thought it should.

In July 2017, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill that will allow the state to move quickly if the federal sports betting ban is overturned by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress. Supporters say the ruling will allow states to collect more tax revenues from gaming and will eliminate the need for most illegal gambling operations.

But, for that to happen, each state will have to authorize it statutorily. As Justice Stephen Breyer put it in his concurring opinion, "the only problem" with the challenged law "lies in its means, not its end".

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