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Courthouse News Service: Supreme Court Sides with NJ on Legalized Sports Gambling

May 14, 2018

In a 6-3 decision on May 14, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), finding the law that prohibited sports betting to be unconstitutional.

O’Melveny sports group co-chairs Irwin Raij and Chuck Baker predicted major fallout from the ruling. “The Supreme Court’s decision just turned the world of sports gambling into not only the Wild Wild West, but the Wild Wild, North, South, and East as well,” said Baker. He warned that “the impact will be immediate,” pointing to several new laws on sports betting that have been enacted in Connecticut, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

“Gaming companies are also of course going to face a huge new set of challenges — albeit these will be welcome challenges — not only as they navigate a web of differing state laws but also as they start from scratch building an industry that, until today, did not exist legally in this country,” Raij explained.

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