What was the court case that resulted in making sports gambling illegal?

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I am trying to find specific information regarding the legal history of sports gambling in the United States. More specifically, I’m interested in learning about the court case, or cases, that led to sports betting being initially declared as illegal. I have been researching the history of gambling laws in the U.S., and it occurred to me that there must have been some legal precedent set that initially outlawed this practice.

I believe studying such cases could help me better understand why sports betting was seen as needing regulation, and it might also shed light on the ongoing debates regarding sports betting legalization in the U.S. Moreover, this information may also be useful to anyone else trying to understand the landscape of sports betting laws and their history.

Any insight or suitable references about this would be greatly appreciated. I’m sure many of us would be interested to read any relevant cases, decisions, and statements made by the court regarding these matters. So references to any legal documents or texts that provide a comprehensive explanation of the issue would be particularly helpful as well.

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The pivotal piece for sports gambling legislation isn’t due to a court case, but an Act of Congress known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992. PASPA effectively outlawed sports betting nationwide, except for a few states where it was already allowed, like Nevada.

Some argue that the intention behind PASPA was to protect the integrity of sports by eliminating the potential for match-fixing. However, it stirred up controversy and was eventually overturned in a landmark Supreme Court case in 2018, Murphy v. NCAA. In this case, the court grounded its decision on the anti-commandeering doctrine, meaning the federal government can’t force states to enforce federal law.

Thus, it’s these acts and subsequent legal challenges rather than any initial court case that have shaped the banning and legalization of sports betting. A good resource for such knowledge could be ‘The Business and Culture of Sports: Society, Politics, Economy, Environment’. Have you come across other legal challenges that underscore the complexity of gambling laws?

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