For this month’s blog posts, we will be discussing some of the most recent Supreme Court cases that have been decided this year. Specifically, we will address cases that are likely to have an impact on internet, e-commerce, technology, business, and cybersecurity laws. We will start with a discussion of Murphy vs. NCAA.
Murphy vs. NCAA was decided on May 14, 2018, and generally was the Supreme Court ruling in favor of states’ ability to legalize sports betting. The Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which previously prohibited all but a few states from legalizing sports gambling. In Murphy, the Supreme Court held that PASPA violated states’ rights to make their own decisions regarding the legality of sports gambling. The Court explained that Congress cannot commandeer states to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program, which was essentially what PASPA (as a federal act) was doing towards the states.
Many states, such as New Jersey, are thrilled with this decision. They view it as an opportunity to generate revenue, prevent black market gambling, and help their economy. The Court’s decision in Murphy empowers states with the ability to legalize and regulate an estimated $150 billion sports betting industry that was previously illegal. New York, Connecticut, West Virginia, and New Jersey are among the 20 or so states already introducing legalizing legislation.