Supreme Court Ruling in New Jersey Sports Gambling Case: A Win for States, Consumers, and Rule of Law


Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey’s right to set its own laws on whether to allow sports gambling – a win for states, consumers, and rule of law. The court voided the federal law that for more than 25 years has prevented most states from legalizing and regulating the popular pastime, namely, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

CEI consumer policy expert Michelle Minton praised today’s ruling:

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a huge win, not just for states that want to legalize sports betting but for everyone who believe the right to make such decisions belongs to state voters. States should now consider how best to shrink the illegal gambling market, protect consumers, and allow the marketplace to offer innovative products and experiences.”

Justice Alito delivered the Supreme Court’s opinion in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Assn.