'There will be NO wagering' . Not so fast ..

Dennis Drazin | Patty Wolfe

Pennsylvania lawmakers say they are ready to take advantage of a US Supreme Court ruling that will allow for expanded sports gaming in states like Pennsylvania.

The ruling was consistent with conservative deference to state's rights, but ran afoul of social conservative opposition to gambling.

Travis Wussow, general counsel and vice president for public policy at ERLC, told the Baptist Press that the decision will lead to a slippery slope of harm to society. Originally, it included a provision to legalize sports wagering, but it was removed. Outside court, however, leaders of all but the National Football League have shown varying degrees of openness to legalized sports gambling.

Alito wrote that Congress itself could proscribe all sports betting, but that it can't instruct the state governments not to do so.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a written statement, "We remain in favor of a federal framework that would provide a uniform approach to sports gambling in states that choose to permit it, but we will remain active in ongoing discussions with state legislatures".

All four major US professional sports leagues, the NCAA and the federal government had urged the court to uphold the federal law.

Sheila Morago summed up her reaction to Monday's 6-3 ruling, essentially legalizing sports wagering, with one word - Wow! As Justice Stephen Breyer put it in his concurring opinion, "the only problem" with the challenged law "lies in its means, not its end".

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