May 13, 2020 Feature

Murphy v. NCAA and Legalization of Sports Betting in States and Indian Country

By Matthew A. King

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court in Murphy v. NCAA struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 on states’ rights grounds.1 For nearly three decades, the federal law prevented all but four states and the vast majority of Tribes from legalizing wagering on collegiate and professional sports competitions. Tribes and states now have the opportunity to share in a market estimated to be worth tens of billions of dollars.2 If Tribal nations choose to participate in this new form of gaming, they must enter into compacts with states or have existing compacts in place that allow for sports wagering.

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