September 2018

Sports Betting After Murphy v. NCAA

Initially published in the Nevada Gaming Lawyer (September 2018) and reprinted here with the permission of the State Bar of Nevada-Gaming Law Section.

Anyone reading this publication likely knows that in Murphy v. NCAA, the United States Supreme Court (Supreme Court) held that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) is unconstitutional. Even before the decision was published, positive reviews of the Supreme Court’s grant of a writ of certiorari and questions at oral argument (which took place in December of 2017) set off a flurry of activity as companies positioned themselves for expansion of the U.S. sports betting market. For example, Scientific Games (SGI) completed its acquisition of NYX Gaming Group (NYX). One of the primary benefits SGI touted in announcing the deal was its ability to add NYX’s sports betting platform to its gaming and lottery systems. In March of 2018, West Virginia’s Legislature and Governor approved legislation authorizing sports betting at various venues in the State, in anticipation of a positive outcome in the Murphy case.

So what, exactly, did the Supreme Court decide, and what are the likely impacts of the decision?

Please see the full article for more information: Sport Betting After Murphy v. NCAA


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