The California and national impact of SCOTUS’ sports gambling decision

May 14, 2018

March Madness Viewing Party At The Westgate Las Vegas

Jake Sindberg of Wisconsin makes bets during a viewing party for the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament inside the 25,000-square-foot Race & Sports SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino which features 4,488-square-feet of HD video screens on March 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.; Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images


The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports.

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.

One research firm estimated before the ruling that if the Supreme Court were to strike down the law, 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years.

The court’s decision came in a case from New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks in the state.

What is the impact on California and other states? Who will be among the first states to create framework for sports betting? How will the illegal betting industry be impacted? What does this mean for Las Vegas’ gambling tourism industry? 

With copy from the Associated Press.


Rick Maese, Washington Post sports enterprise reporter who has been following the story; he tweets @RickMaese

Jennifer Roberts, associate director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Daniel Wallach, gaming and sports law attorney at Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; he tweets @WALLACHLEGAL

RJ Bell, founder of, a sports betting information website in Las Vegas; he tweets @RJinVegas

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