After a multi-year battle, sports gambling is now (potentially) legal nationwide. Each state is now permitted to allow betting on sports, the Supreme Court announced Monday morning, provided the state's lawmakers are in favor of the action.
BREAKING: Supreme Court strikes down federal anti sports gambling law, gives states go-ahead to allow betting on sports.— The Associated Press (@AP) May 14, 2018
A great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions. New Jersey citizens wanted sports gambling and the federal Gov't had no right to tell them no. The Supreme Court agrees with us today. I am proud to have fought for the rights of the people of NJ.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) May 14, 2018
General reactions seemed to fall along the lines of "this is historic" and "it's about time," but others noted this action puts the NCAA in a weird conundrum, as individuals could now freely bet on collegiate sporting events and the athletes remain uncompensated.
Happy legal sports gambling day!!!— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 14, 2018
I'm no expert, but I'm betting that the New Jersey v. NCAA ruling (sports gambling) will eventually be seen as the most important court decision of the year--not for what it says about sports, but for what it says about the limitations of the Federal government.— Bill James Online (@billjamesonline) May 14, 2018
legalizing sports gambling with nothing but baseball on the horizon for months is like ending prohibition but all you can drink is coors light— DL (@davelozo) May 14, 2018
Thanks to the Supreme Court gambling ruling, you may now back up your crappy sports opinions with your hard-earned cash, hopefully go broke, no longer pay your phone bill and at long last keep them off Twitter.— Logan Jones (@Logantj) May 14, 2018
"So, you're still not going to pay the athletes?"— Doug Farrar (@BR_DougFarrar) May 14, 2018
NCAA: "Nope. Too complicated."
"And everyone else is going to make a killing from legalized gambling?"
NCAA: "Well, it is a free market."
"But you don't want the players betting on games."
NCAA: "Never happen."
The NCAA released a vague statement about making adjustments in the wake of this decision.
DraftKings, one of the entities that have long hoped to capitalize on the legalization of sports gambling, was quick to the trigger.
The NCAA and four major pro leagues had successfully blocked Christie and New Jersey in the lower courts. Christie, who left office in January, has pushed for this legislation since 2012.