The Supreme Court of the United States struck down a national ban on sports gambling Monday; saying legislators went too far when they barred the practice nationwide back in 1992.
According to the New York Post, the court voted 7-2 to dismantle the law that prohibited businesses from engaging in “sports gambling” throughout the United States without specific, government-backed licenses in places like Atlantic City, New Jersey and Nevada.
“Just as Congress lacks the power to order a state legislature not to enact a law authorizing sports gambling, it may not order a state legislature to refrain from enacting a law licensing sports gambling,” wrote Justice Samuel Alito.
Any state in the country is now able to decide for itself whether to permit sports gambling or outlaw the practice entirely.
New Jersey brought the case before the Supreme Court last summer; arguing the nationwide ban hurts businesses throughout the state, particularly casinos and racetracks.