SCOTUS ruling paves the way for sports betting in NY

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Proponents say Iowa missed the boat by not passing a law allowing casinos to offer sports wagering before the U.S. Supreme Court made such bets legal Monday.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, also known as the Bradley Act, was a law created in 1992 to prohibit sports betting in many states.

Now that there is no longer a federal law against sports gambling, each state is free to pass laws that govern where people will be able to bet on sports and how.

"We're excited to see the U.S. Supreme Court ruled as we expected them to do", said Wes Ehrecke, a representative of the Iowa Gaming Association, which represents 19 state-licensed casinos. And if politicians believe they can get their hands into the lucrative bookmaking cookie jar, you can bet they will act quickly.

The NCAA and the major professional sports leagues contended that the law was not unconstitutional, because it didn't compel states to do anything; it simply prevented them from making sports betting legal by either operating sports-gambling schemes themselves or authorizing casinos to do so.

"There is so much illegal sports betting going on, it's insane", she said.

"We're competing against 49 other states that have a good business climate, have done a lot to repair their image and fix their fiscal problem, we need to do that in Springfield", LaHood stated.

The NCAA said 24 percent of NCAA male student-athletes and about 5 percent of female student-athletes in 2016 reported they had wagered on sports for money within the previous year, which would violate NCAA bylaws.

"The fact is, Tennesseans are already participating in gambling online and illegally, so I think it's time that we look at doing this in a legal setting", he said. "It's important to emphasize that the Supreme Court's decision has no immediate impact on existing League rules relating to sports wagering, and particularly, wagering involving NHL games".

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy celebrated the victory over Twitter which all began by a lawsuit started by former Governor Chris Christie.

Some sports betting supporters tried to get Texas lawmakers to change their minds before and hope to try again.

"This is a blow to organized crime and a boon to the children of NY because any revenue that the state derives from this is going to go to education", Pretlow told CNHI after the ruling was made public. The proposed legislation also would legalize mobile sports betting.

"Gaming law is something that typically takes time", said Freeman.

McCamley said that while he does see the benefits and the added tax revenue it could bring to New Mexico, more discussion is needed between lawmakers.

Major League Baseball said it would "continue to support legislation that creates air-tight coordination and partnerships between the state, the casino operators and the governing bodies in sports" toward protecting the integrity of the game.

"Sports betting is something that MS has the foresight to get in front of and hopefully it will propel us in the future", Franklin said. He says casinos could possibly offer their own form of the betting, or utilize the Kansas Lottery game.

Reactions to the Supreme Court ruling across the sports world weren't limited to the league offices.

Kent Ostrander with the Family Foundation of Kentucky, an organization deeply opposed to the industry, tells WUKY he does not expect the state to seize the opportunity presented by Monday's ruling - but he's keeping his eye on the legislature's next moves.

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