PASPA Repeal Hot Takes and What Is Being Said A Year Later

PASPA Repeal Hot Takes and What Is Being Said A Year Later

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act on May 14, 2018, has changed the American sports betting landscape.

As we hit the one-year anniversary, Gambling.com looks at the impact of PASPA’s repeal, where sports betting stands in America and what the future holds.


PASPA wouldn't have become law without some high-profile backers, and the same can be said about its repeal. Among these notable people: politicians, companies and agencies are key players in the passing and repeal of PASPA.

The Day it Happened: May 14, 2018

“At some point, if the legislation starts to diverge from state to state and, more importantly, the leagues don't get what they want at the state level, I think you will see Congress jump into the fray and pass some kind of legislation to create more uniformity across the country.”

–Sports and Gambling Law attorney Daniel Wallach to USA Today on the impact of PASPA’s repeal


“In the wider context, the Supreme Court’s decision also served to reaffirm the role of the anti-commandeering principle at the heart of states’ rights politics in the U.S. This could well inform the way Congress decides to legislate on a wide variety of issues in the future, from the legalization of marijuana to gun control.”

–Adam Thew of MediaWrites.law on how other issues could benefit from the precedence established by PASPA’s fall


“Some people that would never place a bet with a bookmaker because it is illegal will now start betting. The bottom line is this will be a real disaster.”

–Arnie Wexler, former responsible gaming program director at Donald Trump’s Atlantic City casinos, to the New York Post


One Year Later at the Betting on Sports America Conference

“We don’t have the visitation the way Nevada does. They have a small population base but their visitation by people in the United States and the world is huge…on my end, I think we’ve got a shot in the future … they get a heavy number of people coming from California. So what happens if California gets sports wagering?”

–Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement David Rebuck on New Jersey sports betting eventually surpassing Las Vegas sports betting


“Best thing for us is as long as New York delays, delays, delays that helps New Jersey a lot.”

–Rebuck on New Jersey Sports betting legalization in competition with New York, which doesn’t have sports betting yet


“I expected a win because not only did they take the case but they also asked the solicitor general for his opinion on whether he should take the case…the solicitor general said ‘don’t take it’ and they still took it, so I knew that we had the win right there.”

–NJ Democratic Senator Raymond Lesniak reminiscing on the landmark case from a year ago


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