IL should allow sports betting

Dennis Drazin | Patty Wolfe

Dennis Drazin | Patty Wolfe

In July 2017, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill that will allow the state to move quickly if the federal sports betting ban is overturned by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress. They had sued New Jersey in 2012 when the state adopted a constitutional amendment to legalize sports betting despite the federal law. The ruling also left open the possibility of Congress banning sports gambling nationwide, it just can't require states to do it.

The Supreme Court of the U.S. has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on basketball, baseball, football and other sports as well in most of the states, opening the door to legalizing the estimated $150 billion in illegal wagers on professional and amateur sports that Americans make every year. Originally, it included a provision to legalize sports wagering, but it was removed.

Five states - Connecticut, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia - already had enacted laws in preparation for a Supreme Court decision permitting legalization, according to ESPN.

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It's not like casino gaming is struggling in Oklahoma.

Now comes an opportunity to give patrons another gaming option, betting on sports. The measure "unequivocally dictates what a state legislature may and may not do", he wrote. Outside court, however, leaders of all but the National Football League have shown varying degrees of openness to legalized sports gambling. As Justice Stephen Breyer put it in his concurring opinion, "the only problem" with the challenged law "lies in its means, not its end".

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