[00:00.00]The United States Supreme Court on Monday ended a 26-year ban on betting on professional and college sports.
[00:12.24]The court’s decision permits state officials to pass laws permitting books to open on sports such as football, basketball, baseball and other games.
[00:26.30]In the coming months, those officials will also consider where bets can be placed:
[00:33.32]casinos, horse racing tracks, betting centers, stadiums, online, or from mobile phones.
[00:43.00]Supporters of the decision said legal betting could sharply increase income for states and the gambling industry.
[00:53.91]And they pointed out illegal sports betting is common.
[00:58.83]The American Gaming Association reported that Americans already place about $150 billion a year on bets.
[01:10.76]Opponents of the decision include major sports groups, such as the National Football League.
[01:19.46]Those groups said expanding legal gambling on sports could hurt the integrity of the games.
[01:28.62]In other words, they worry that players or others would try to influence the outcome of the games for financial gain.
[01:40.94]The president of an organization that helps people addicted to gambling also expressed concern.
[01:49.71]Marlene Warner leads the National Council on Problem Gambling.
[01:55.62]She said the ruling “will likely increase gambling participation and gambling problems unless steps are taken to minimize harm.”
[02:08.02]But given Monday’s ruling, both the sports groups and the National Council on Problem Gambling have suggested that some of the income from legal betting go toward supporting their interests.
[02:25.84]Three Supreme Court justices also disagreed with the ruling.
[02:30.65]They said parts of the original law were worth keeping.
[02:36.15]But the majority of justices said the issue was not so much sports or betting, but states’ rights.
[02:46.20]They said states should not be forced to adopt a federal regulation system – an argument that may later be used in cases related to immigration laws and marijuana restrictions.
[03:03.20]I’m Kelly Jean Kelly.