The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a federal law banning sports betting in most states is unconstitutional.
The ruling clears the way for states to pass their own laws to establish and regulate wagering on games and outcomes.
Nevada had been the only state in the nation to allow wagering on the results of a single game.
The Silver State’s elected officials, along with gaming representatives and companies, have been quick to offer their reactions to the Supreme Court decision.
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nevada)
Today the Supreme Court has affirmed states’ rights when it comes to sports betting and opened the door for regulated sports betting in states across the country. A regulated market is always better than an unregulated one. As the representative for Las Vegas I have seen the success of the booming, regulated sports betting market in Nevada. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act has spawned a $150 billion annual illegal sports betting market that lacks consumer protections, is ripe for manipulation, fuels other illicit activities, and jeopardizes the integrity of sports leagues. In the coming weeks, I will be working with key stakeholders and industry experts to help educate my colleagues on what this means for their states and what they can learn from the gold standard set in Nevada. Allowing states and tribal sovereign governments to legalize sports betting could boost local economies, increase state revenues, and better protect both consumers and the industry, with Nevada showing the way. Las Vegas will still be the premier destination for sports betting, and Nevada can export its expertise. The Supreme Court today also sends a clear message to the Department of Justice that can be applied to other states’ rights issues like marijuana.
U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nevada)
Today’s Supreme Court decision creates an opportunity for Nevada to showcase its preeminent and gold standard expertise in the sports betting industry. As other states attempt to capitalize on this ruling by implementing legalized sports betting, they will turn to Nevada for guidance and consultation. This opens the door for Nevada’s gaming industry to gain access to an estimated $150 billion in what was previously illegal sports betting.
U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada)
In Nevada, we know better than anyone that sports betting that is regulated responsibly and efficiently can be a great source of revenue for boosting local economies. I look forward to working with industry leaders, lawmakers across the country and stakeholders to ensure that Nevada can maintain its leadership in the gaming industry and serve as a prime example to other states of the importance of building trust between industry and regulators to maintain safety and integrity for sports, consumers, and business in regulated sports betting.
American Gaming Association
Today’s decision is a victory for the millions of Americans who seek to bet on sports in a safe and regulated manner. According to a Washington Post survey, a solid 55 percent of Americans believe it’s time to end the federal ban on sports betting. Today’s ruling makes it possible for states and sovereign tribal nations to give Americans what they want: an open, transparent, and responsible market for sports betting. Through smart, efficient regulation this new market will protect consumers, preserve the integrity of the games we love, empower law enforcement to fight illegal gambling, and generate new revenue for states, sporting bodies, broadcasters and many others. The AGA stands ready to work with all stakeholders – states, tribes, sports leagues, and law enforcement – to create a new regulatory environment that capitalizes on this opportunity to engage fans and boost local economies.
MGM Resorts International
Caesars Entertainment Corporation today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), likely leaving regulation to the states. Caesars currently has licensed gaming operations in thirteen states and currently manages a successful legal sports wagering business in Nevada. The company plans to expand its U.S. sports betting business wherever secure and responsible wagering on sporting events is legalized.
Joe Asher, U.S. CEO of William Hill, a bookmaker chain based in the U.K.
We are excited, not just for ourselves, but for sports fans across the country.
We’ve been working towards this day for a long time and take great satisfaction in the Supreme Court’s decision.
Just as we have with our 100+ locations in Nevada, we look forward to working to make legal and regulated sports betting a big winner for consumers, state governments and all interested parties across the country. If we do this the right way, the only losers will be the illegal bookies that have been operating a massive black market.
We’re going to get ready to open for business at Monmouth Park as soon as responsibly possible.