U.S. Supreme Court Legalizes Sports Gambling… Now What?

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. The highly anticipated day has finally arrived:

On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court officially deemed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional. Meaning, while previously only legal in Nevada, sports betting is now allowed across the rest of the country.

The movement challenging the federal ban on gambling, spearheaded by New Jersey, argued that PASPA directly violated the Constitution’s tenth amendment (State’s rights). Apparently, the majority of the Supreme Court Justices felt the same way.


As a result, it’s now up to the individual states to determine how they wish to handle sports betting. That process will be very similar to the “way they choose whether to offer lotteries and other forms of gambling.”

Monday’s announcement comes a little over a month after the Minnesota Legislature’s “behind-the-scenes effort” to fully permit sports betting became known:

At that time, State Representative Pat Garofalo shed some light on the motivation behind that anticipatory move:

At this time, Garofalo is aggressively making the rounds to push forward MN’s version of a Sports Gambling Bill. On Monday, one of the very excited State Representative’s stops included some time with KFAN’s Paul Allen on Monday.

While chatting with PA, Garofalo explained that “the conservative estimate is that in the first year in sports gambling in Minnesota, over $2 billion in wagers would take place.”

For those of you anxious to start (legally) wetting your proverbial beaks, you might need to pump your proverbial breaks. The current legislative session ends on May 21st.

Per Garofalo, passing his drafted bill by that deadline is “not realistic.” He expressed a goal of having an agreement “in place before the NFL season starts this fall.



Johnny Minnesota (@TheJohnnyMN)


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