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Supreme Court strikes ban on sports gambling


People watch coverage of the first round of this year’s NCAA men’s college basketball tournament at the Westgate Superbook sports book in Las Vegas. Associated Press/Photo by John Locher

Supreme Court strikes ban on sports gambling

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that prohibited betting on sports, giving states the go-ahead to allow gambling on games. The justices voted 6-3 against the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game. New Jersey has worked for years to bring back legal sports gambling, but professional leagues and the NCAA have opposed its efforts, saying betting could affect the integrity of games. Many states hope their cut of sports wagers could alleviate budget problems. The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans illegally bet about $150 billion on sports each year, and one research firm estimated before the ruling that if the Supreme Court were to strike down the law, 32 states would likely offer sports gambling within five years.


Lynde Langdon

Lynde is editor of WORLD Digital. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.

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