We knew the day would eventually come but we didn’t think that it would arrive this soon. Today the Supreme Court of the United States of America freed gamblers from coast to coast by making sports betting 100% legal. It’s now up to each individual state to decide if they want to allow their residents the freedom to wager on things like NFL football or the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The process began a few years ago when New Jersey filed a dispute against the 1992 law that basically gave Nevada a monopoly on sports gambling by declaring them exempt from federal restrictions on single sport wagering. The three other states that were given the same exemption? Delaware, Oregon, and the gambling mecca of the west, Montana. A strange list indeed.
Anyway, everyone’s favorite political butter ball Chris Christie led the charge to the Supreme Court arguing that the 1992 law was unconstitutional and should be struck down. Today the justices agreed with him, specifically quoting the “anti-commandeering” provision of the U.S. Constitution that states that the federal government only has the powers that have been granted to it in the Constitution itself. Since there’s nothing in there about gambling, the Feds have zero jurisdiction on this one. Thank you, 10th Amendment!
Therefore, there wasn’t a single legal principle justifying continuing the ban and the vote was 6-3 in favor of repealing it. Christie and the 18 states who supported him were ecstatic that they are finally able to offer gambling in their jurisdictions, with Butter Ball tweeting out, “A great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions”. Chalk one up for the good guys.
And who were the three old malcontents who didn’t want to turn the country into a sprawling Vegas Strip? That would be Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Justice Stephen Breyer, who probably also don’t like to drink booze, go to amusement parks, or have any fun whatsoever. You guys definitely aren’t invited to the barbecue next time.
Can the 2018 Supreme Court Decision on Sports Gambling Be Overturned?
So what can those who supported a federal ban on sports gambling do now? Well, after the Supreme Court has weighed in on a matter it’s pretty much a done deal. Sure individual states can request that they’re heard on particular matters and appeal a decision, but would it make sense for a state to go through the time and effort when they could simply just keep the offending activity banned within its borders? It would be much more cost effective for wet-blanket states who want to “protect” their people from the evils of gambling to simply ignore the decision and keep it illegal. Job done.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court’s summary that, “The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own.” This makes it crystal clear that the Supreme Court doesn’t want anything to do with the decision on the legality of gambling, and is throwing the decision back to the states. Not to mention, that pesky 10th amendment basically ensures that they don’t have the power even if they wanted it. God bless America.
So yes, technically this decision could be overturned in the future but there’s just not a plausible route for it to happen.
Reaction from Professional Sports Leagues
Here’s where things really get comical because the professional sports leagues had no idea how to respond to this decision today and there’s been no real reaction as of yet. They haven’t released one decent soundbite on the matter. You would have thought that their public relations people would’ve written them something in case this decision came in, but nope! This version of “no comment” feels different…its almost like they were shocked by the Supreme Court’s ruling today.
There actually seems to be a bit of flip-flopping by some of the leagues, for example the NBA is on record as supporting gambling on their games, they just want a cut of the action to get their beaks wet. However, they share a lawyer with the NFL and the NCAA who’s goal was to keep the federal ban in place, so it’s understandable if you’re starting to lose track of who’s on which side.
The most ironic twist of the day came from the world’s most boring sport, baseball, with MLB releasing a statement of sadness and panic, “Our most important priority is protecting the integrity of our games. We will continue to support legislation that creates air-tight coordination and partnerships between the state, the casino operators and the governing bodies in sports toward that goal.” Um ok, guys. God forbid someone drops $20 to spice up that Wednesday night Oakland and Cincinnati barn-burner. Open your damn eyes.
How to Profit from the Supreme Court’s 2018 Sports Gambling Decision
Now we get to the fun stuff – how us gamblers can really profit from the Supreme Court’s ruling that sports gambling in the U.S.A. is 100% legal. For starters, you can definitely expect that there are going to be tons of weak lines at pretty much every new sportsbook that’s launched, so there will be lots of money to be made. Unless the operator in question is going to buy their lines from reputable online sportsbooks who have been employing professional traders for years, there is going to be a feeding-frenzy of sharp bettors.
For those of you who have never witnessed consistent incompetence from a “professional” casino that’s taking your action, just ask anyone who gambles at provincial lottery corporations in Canada what they’ve seen. Spreads off by multiple points? Yup. Leaving a game on the board too long after an important injury is announced? Only happens every second day. Confusing teams and posting the wrong odds? Sure! Just ask anyone who bet the Manchester VS. Manchester City soccer game in Ontario a few weeks ago. (Yes, this actually happened.) Is your mouth starting to water yet? It should be.
Of course, the best way to take advantage of the SCOTUS’ repeal of the ban is to buy sports gambling picks from a trusted resource that will help you identify and abuse the weak lines that are sure to be posted day-in and day-out. And yes, we obviously suggest that you buy picks from us, but if you’re not smart enough to do that, at least make sure that you buy from an organization that publishes their full gambling record every week so you know what you’re getting. Oh – you can’t find another internet tout that does this besides us? Exactly.
The Future of Sports Gambling in the U.S.A.
Now that you realize how much free money is going to be floating around once states start accepting single game sports wagers, you’re probably wondering how long it will be allowed to go on for. Surely someone’s awake at the switch at these places, right? Meh, don’t be so sure about that. Many government positions are usually given to the friends and family of someone who’s owed favors and not to the most qualified individuals, so you really won’t have any idea who’s ultimately making the lines and booking your action.
And for anyone thinking that offshore sportsbooks are going to become a thing of the past, you’d better give your head a good shake. What will every ON-shore book have to do? Give full reports to government officials detailing everyone who has won and how much money they walked away with, of course.
It’s widely known that offshore books don’t say a word to the U.S. government about anything and that sure as hell ain’t changing, so now they’re going to become even busier due to those who are looking to hide their winnings from the insatiable appetite of Uncle Sam. We are in NO WAY suggesting that you should EVER hide revenues from the U.S. government, but we are realistic enough to admit that there’s going to be a few individuals who will want to do this.
The other reason that offshore sportsbooks aren’t going anywhere for a while is because they have perfected many aspects of their operation. Most of them have amazing mobile products that allow you to bet quickly and easily. They also offer pretty much every sport around the world and every type of conceivable wager – do you think the North Dakota Online Casino ran by the state is going to have Japanese baseball and Scottish hurling? Ya right.
Lastly, because the competition is so fierce among operators who accept U.S. players, their customer service departments are light years ahead of anything that new online casinos could ever offer. They’ve seen every type of issue imaginable and now have strict policies on how to deal with any situation. They’ve also hired the best agents around who are polite and actually helpful. Can you imagine what it’s going to be like arguing over the way your 7 team NFL parlay was settled with some 18 year old in Lafayette? No thanks.
When you take everything into consideration it’s hard to see offshore sportsbooks just sailing off into the sunset forever. They’re simply going to make sure that they always offer a better product.
The 2018 Supreme Court Sports Gambling Decision Explained in Detail
Here’s a quick video from ESPN explaining the finer details of the Supreme Court’s decision and what it could it mean for sports leagues across the country. Oh, and please don’t forget that ESPN has a HUGE dog in this fight since legalized gambling will lead to a big ratings boost for every game they broadcast, regardless of sport or league. Not to mention, the hours of gambling content they’re probably already planning to churn out each week. They’ll have turned full-tout by September 1st – just watch.
Casinos and sportsbooks aren’t the only ones who are going to make out like a bandit…