The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a decades-old ban on sports betting, putting Mississippi among first in line to begin allowing it.
High court justices ruled 7-2 that a 1992 federal law blocking sports betting outside Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana is unconstitutional. New Jersey has battled this in court for years, with other states joining in, arguing it’s unconstitutional under the 10th Amendment’s provisions for states rights. The court last year agreed to hear the case.
Mississippi gambling officials have said casinos here could be up and running with betting on professional and college sports within 45 days of Monday’s ruling.
The Mississippi Legislature, unbeknownst to most lawmakers and citizens, legalized sports betting in Mississippi casinos last year by deleting a snippet of law that prohibited betting on any games that occur outside casinos. The deletion was made — and not announced to most lawmakers — in a measure dealing with regulation of fantasy sports.