A major decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court could be felt right here in western Massachusetts.
The court said the federal law violated constitutional principles limiting the federal government from controlling state policy.
That unconstitutionally forced states to prohibit sports betting under their own laws.
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a 1992 federal law that banned commercial sports betting in most states.
Now, state officials are looking at the options.
"Doing some reviews on what the options are under the federal decision," said Governor Charlie Baker.
States that want to move forward with this ruling will have to pass legislation to allow sports books to open.
With their opening slated for August 24, MGM Springfield said they applaud the Supreme Court's decision, which they noted will allow states "the opportunity to protect consumers and benefit the public by regulating and taxing sports betting."
Their statement went on to say:
“We look forward to working with legislators and policy makers to achieve a regulatory outcome that benefits states and consumers alike while ensuring the integrity of sports.
“Having spent decades building trust with regulators, successfully operating sports books in Nevada, and hosting the world's leading sporting events, MGM Resorts International is extremely well positioned for a post-PASPA environment.”
As for when sports fans in Massachusetts will be able to place these bets, that's unclear as it is now up to the state legislature and the governor.
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