Today’s Supreme Court decision will literally change the game.
The Court’s ruling in Murphy (formerly Christie) v. NCCA found the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional.
Without PASPA’s blanket ban in the way, states will be free to decide on their own when and how to authorize legal sports betting within their borders. Several, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, have already set preemptive legislation in place to do just that.
“The Supreme Court’s decision is a jackpot for not just sports betting but the entire gaming industry in general,” said Jeff Ifrah, founding partner of Ifrah Law and founding member of iDevelopment and Economic Association (iDEA), a trade association representing the growing industry of internet gaming and entertainment.
“Now entertainment companies formerly driven to offshore locations due to the strict limitations of the PASPA can return to the U.S., bringing jobs and economic opportunities with them.”
The game industry is applauding the Court’s decision, which will generate new income for states while encouraging new economic growth in the entertainment sector.