The Supreme Court Opens The Gate For Betting On Pro Sports In Florida

The Supreme Court has removed the national ban on sports betting. The move likely opens the gates for more of states around the country to get into the sports betting business including Florida.

Look for Florida and other states to move quickly to take advantage of the court ruling. It will take some time to put things in place but there are at least four states who are ready to go now on the gaming front.

Right now New Jersey, Delaware, Oregon and Montana are able to join Nevada in offering  betting on sports. There is no question that other states will make the move after they go over the court’s ruling.

Speaking of the high court, in a 6-to-3 vote, they ruled that Congress overstepped its authority in 1992 by banning states that did not already allow sports gambling from entering the lucrative business.

“Just as Congress lacks the power to order a state legislature not to enact a law authorizing sports gambling, it may not order a state legislature to refrain from enacting a law licensing sports gambling,” Justice Sam Alito, writing for the majority, said in his 31-page opinion.

“Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not,” he said.

“PASPA ‘regulates state governments’ regulation’ of their citizens. The Constitution gives Congress no such power.”

By repealing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the Supreme Court opens the door for any state to legalize sports betting.


Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.