The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal law effectively prohibiting sports betting outside Nevada is unconstitutional, paving the way for a dramatic increase in gambling on sports in the coming weeks and months.
The 6-3 decision by the highest court sided with New Jersey – likely to be the first state to take advantage of the ruling – as it struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). PASPA, passed in 1992, had effectively kept Nevada as the only state to offer widespread, state-sanctioned sports betting.
Along with New Jersey, the states of W. Virginia, Delaware, and Mississippi already have sportsbook laws in place and may be open for bets starting with the coming season. Other states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and India appear headed in the same direction. This happened just yesterday but it appears the Sports Betting is coming back to the States!