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U.S. Supreme Court Rules That the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is Unconstitutional

By Barry Skidelsky

In Murphy v. NCAA, a hot-off-the-presses decision of the United States Supreme Court dated May 14, 2018 (https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-476_dbfi.pdf), SCOTUS declared that a federal statutory ban relating to sports gambling known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) is unconstitutional.

Effectively ending prohibitions on a $100 billion industry, this decision reverses that of the Third Circuit below, which previously upheld the restrictions on wagering outside of Nevada. Several states and others have been eagerly awaiting this decision, which in part is also relevant to the limits of the federal government over states' regulatory powers.

The decision will be an extremely relevant topic of discussion among our sports law panelists during EASL's Spring Meeting afternoon program on May 15th. The cost for EASL members to attend is only $50, and includes 5 hours of CLE credit and a post-program networking reception.

I look forward to seeing you then. For more information and to register, visit www.nysba.org/easl.

Barry Skidelsky
Chair NYS Bar Association, Entertainment Arts and Sports Law section (EASL)
bskidelsky@mindspring.com

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