US Federal ban on sports betting is ruled unconstitutional

The US Supreme Court has today delivered its opinion in the case of Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Court’s 6-3 ruling has determined that the federal ban on sports betting as established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) is unconstitutional.

The opinion of the Court (that you can read here) was delivered by Justice Samuel Alito, supported by Justices Neil Gorusch, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and Elena Kagan, as well as Chief Justice John Roberts. Justice Stephen Breyer agreed in part and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor both opposed the decision.

The American Gaming Association has issued a press release, in which it states that the ruling paves the way for the legalisation of sports betting in all 50 US states. That press release can be downloaded below.

You can read more about this breaking news on the KweseESPN website here

UPDATE: Professor I. Nelson Rose, a leading expert on American gambling law has published on his Gambling and the Law® website a very interesting commentary on the Supreme Court’s ruling entitled “The Supreme Court Changes Everything” that you can access here.