Look out, world.

The next gold rush begins.

How long do you think it’ll take before the NCAA cuts a deal to brand an official March Madness betting pool?  And for schools to partner with ESPN?  Can’t wait for PAWWWLLL! to host a sports book show on the SEC Network.

Brackets for everyone!

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UPDATE:   Well, that didn’t take long.

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UPDATE #2:  The NCAA’s courageous statement in response to the Court’s ruling:

“Today the United States Supreme Court issued a clear decision that PASPA is unconstitutional, reversing the lower courts that held otherwise.  While we are still reviewing the decision to understand the overall implications to college sports, we will adjust sports wagering and championship policies to align with the direction from the court.”

– Donald Remy, NCAA chief legal officer

Okay, okay, “courageous” may have overstated things.

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41 responses to “Look out, world.

  1. TXBaller

    This huge!!

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  2. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    It’s all about States Rights and weaker Federal Government isn’t it. Exactly what you would expect from this Supreme Court. I haven’t seen what the vote was. I’m guessing 5 – 4.

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    • Just Chuck (The Other One)

      Guessed wrong. It was 6 – 3.

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    • Derek

      It appears from a skim that the question: can the feds ban sports gambling? would’ve been decided 8-1 in favor of the government. Only Thomas questions federal authority to regulate intrastate gambling.

      Very few judges who question federal power get the opportunity to be federal judges.

      It appears that there was a part of the regulations that all agreed was unconstitutional and the split was whether the rest of the law could survive. Pretty hyper technical stuff.

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    • What’s wrong with states rights ?

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      • PTC DAWG

        My exact thought…

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      • Derek

        A little slavery, a century of segregation and disenfranchisement and pretty soon it has a bad reputation.

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        • ChiliDawg

          Not to mention – they don’t really exist.

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          • ASEF

            Yeah, California and Kansas are exactly the same. I’ve been in 48 states, can’t tell them apart. 🙂

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            • ChiliDawg

              I didn’t say state’s don’t have their own laws, but you know as well as I do that when those laws come into conflict with federal laws the idea of “state’s rights” becomes academic.

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        • Tony Barnfart

          pretty soon… any complaints from the last 54 years ?

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      • DawgByte

        If you’re a Socialist you don’t want the states to have any rights. You want a dictatorial centralized government that makes all governing decisions.

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        • ASEF

          So the NC legislative assembly is Socialist? Because they swear they are all the biggest, baddest conservatives out there.

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        • Derek

          If you’re stupid and you can’t seperate government structure from economic policy you say stupid shit on the inter webs.

          If California decided that all churches in the state were to be closed, would that be “freedom?” Is that an expression of state’s rights and local control? Would you want the big bad federal gubmit telling those poor simple atheists that they had to respect the first amendment or would you scream STATE’S RIGHTS!!!!?

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        • If you’re a Socialist you don’t want the states to have any rights. You want a dictatorial centralized government that makes all governing decisions.

          LMAO.

          Like the way the EPA is suing California right now to impose its new pollution rules? Or how Rick Perry is considering declaring a national emergency to bail out the coal industry?

          I had no idea Donald Trump has surrounded himself with socialists.

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    • ChiliDawg

      No, not really.

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  3. Vidaliaway

    According to USA today it was 7-2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

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  4. Stoopnagle

    Here comes the corruption!

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  5. Does this mean I not only have to stand in line at the gas station behind folks playing lotto, but now also those who will be playing a sports pick ’em ticket? Damn. Just damn.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Who goes inside the gas station anymore?

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    • Erk's Forehead

      Agreed. There should be a “vice line” at gas stations.

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      • dawgtired

        Chuckle. I can see it now, the cash register with the ‘vice line’ sign would have lotto players, prostitutes and smokers lined out the door and the other would have two customers. (Belly laugh)

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        • ChiliDawg

          There’s a gas station at the Nevada-California border off I-80 west of Reno, they have a separate building that sits far enough back on the property that it just barely sits inside the California border as it’s drawn up there, which allows them to sell lottery tickets (can’t buy lotto tickets in Nevada, oddly enough). Everyone in Reno drives out there when the powerball is at a high number to buy tickets. The place needs it’s own parking lot.

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        • Erk's Forehead

          But those 2 customers would be happy. 🙂

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  6. ApalachDawg

    Yes!

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    • TnDawg

      Whats the over/under on when a kicker misses a FG and is accused of throwing the game and fired? Draft Kings will take your bet through the ether.

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  7. If one state wants to have sports betting and another doesn’t, what business is it of the federal government to not allow some not to offer it? This seems to be a classic 10th Amendment case of state vs. federal power, and the SCOTUS seems to have gotten it right. I read an article in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger that says that the casinos in Mississippi will be offering sports betting within 45 days of the decision.

    A lot of bad stuff has been recognized as constitutional in the name of “states’ rights,” and a lot of bad stuff has been recognized as constitutional in the name of the “commerce clause.”

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    • Didn’t realize Tony had linked to said article above.

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    • Derek

      Whether you’re right or wrong, the only justice that agrees with you is Thomas.

      Most recognize that a bet placed at a gambling house in Miami over a game being played in Seattle has Commerce Clause implications and thus may be a constitutionally regulated transaction. That Thomas doesn’t get that is not surprising. He’s not exactly a friggin genius but at least he’s smart enough to keep his mouth shut so there’s that.

      Whether congress should regulate is another matter. Whether they can isn’t a battle that’s likely to be won by the Thomas side anytime soon.

      I’m personally for more freedom in this area and would love to go back to playing online poker, but I’m not suggesting that congress can’t regulate. I just think they should choose to less often.

      Like with drugs.

      Keep in mind though that with your sort of federalism, New Mexico could allow poppy fields and processing plants for heroin to be opened and there’s not a damn thing DC could do about it. Fine with me as a policy choice but most “state’s righter’s” lose their capacity for consistency once the locals start doing shit they really don’t like.

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      • ASEF

        State’s rights when it benefits me, federalism when it doesn’t.

        Free markets when it benefits me, equitable access and distribution when it doesn’t.

        Simple
        Consistent
        Principled
        🙂

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      • doofusdawg

        just let me know when and where I can purchase some cheaper health insurance.

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  8. Macallanlover

    Agree with the ruling, multi-billion dollar betting is already there, legal or not, and allowing select states the freedom to have it legalized and regulated is inconsistent. Much prefer online to using the local bookie, although setting up an account is more hassle. The gambling prohibition was akin to the alcohol “blue laws” to be and decidedly archaic.

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    • Derek

      A gop congress killed online poker and they’ll kill sports gambling too. Because they are the party of freedom and personal responsibility and stuff.

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