Personal Liberties

Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association

Supreme Court sports gambling decision is win for federalism

A federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) forbade states from legalizing sports gambling. When New Jersey repealed some of its prohibitions against sports gambling, several sports leagues sued, claiming the state violated PASPA, even if the state did not license or permit the activity. The Third Circuit agreed and denied that this interpretation conflicts with the Constitution’s ban on federal government commandeering the states. On May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court struck down the law as unconstitutional.

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