Supreme Court rules states can allow betting on sports

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law prohibiting states from allowing sports betting, siding with New Jersey, where lawmakers passed legislation lifting prohibitions on some sports gambling as part of a bid to revitalize Atlantic City as its casinos close. The majority opinion said sports gambling is controversial, with supporters saying it can provide states with revenue and opponents saying it gets young people hooked on betting and encourages “people of modest means to squander” their limited resources. The majority concluded that the legalization of sports gambling “requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make.” Liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

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