As of Monday, betting on everything from basketball games to golf tournaments is one step closer to reality for many states, after the Supreme Court handed a victory to New Jersey.
Following Monday’s decision to overturn the federal law that outlawed the practice, California could soon legalize sports betting, and then tax it.
Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito said “congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own.”
Until now, Nevada has been the only place where sports gambling has been legal, though every year Americans spend more than $150 billion doing it illegally.
This all started with New Jersey, which has been fighting to legalize sports gambling, and so far 18 other states have joined in support.
On Monday, Central Valley Assemblyman Adam Gray, a democrat, announced he would pursue a state constitutional amendment that would allow sports betting in California.