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Congressman Matt Gaetz

Representing the 1st District of Florida

Congressman Matt Gaetz Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Murphy v. NCAA

May 14, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its ruling on Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. The ruling determined that the federal ban on states establishing sports betting programs, established under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), is unconstitutional. This landmark ruling may eventually open the door for legalized sports betting across America.

“The Supreme Court ruling today is a victory for the Constitution — especially the Tenth Amendment. Under PAPSA, states were prevented from being able to choose whether to legalize and regulate sports betting within their borders. This was federal overreach at its worst, and greatly eroded Federalism, the bedrock of American governance.

Some claim that legalized gambling can lead to corruption, like the 1919 Black Sox scandal. But this requires one to believe that that gambling bans keep people from gambling. They don’t. Americans bet anywhere between 150 and 400 billion dollars per year on sports. Big money is already there — but it’s been driven underground, away from regulations and consumer protections. The black market poses a greater risk to the integrity of sports than open, visible, and regulated betting.

A 2014 study showed that 68% of people believed states should be able to decide the legality of sports betting within their borders. Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner, has said that “sports betting should be…appropriately monitored and regulated.” Legalized sports betting nationwide would create over a hundred thousand new jobs, more than six billion dollars in wages, and would inject over 25 billion dollars into America’s booming economy.

The Supreme Court ruling in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association was entirely correct, and carries tremendous implications for states, who will now be able to decide for themselves whether or not to legalize betting, instead of suffering under a nationwide, federally-mandated ban. Today’s ruling a was victory for the Constitution, for Federalism, and for limited government.”

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