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But on Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited legalized sports gambling anywhere but Nevada.

Montana already could allow sports gambling because old laws were grandfathered in when the US passed anti-gambling legislation in 1992.

The high court's decision came in a case from New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks in the state.

"As each state considers whether to allow sports betting, we will continue to seek the proper protections for our sport, in partnership with other professional sports", Major League Baseball said in a statement.

Miller said cracking down on illegal sports betting was not a priority before, but if it does become legal there is a chance it could move up on the priority list so the state doesn't lose out on that tax money.

Broadcast attorney John Garziglia tells Radio Ink he believes this could lead to another advertising category for radio.

PASPA was signed into law by President Bush in 1992 and went into effect the following year, barring states from regulating and taxing sports betting.

"For a sports better who's got a problem, they were betting", said Blozinski.

Nemes said he would prefer to pass a measure sooner in a special session, "but I don't think that's in the cards".

William Hill has infrastructure in place in DE as well as New Jersey, but Asher did not give a timeline for starting operations in that state.

As a positive, Alito said this could weaken illegal sports betting operations in the country that are often run by organized crime.

Nemes was by inference talking about Republican Gov. Matt Bevin who has opposed measures to permit expanded gambling in Kentucky, calling those a "sucker's bet" several times and claiming the "societal costs" would out-weigh any financial benefit to the state.

While professional sports leagues have been public in discouraging betting on athletic contests, the associations that govern them have partnered in recent years with oddsmakers and data companies in ways that will allow them to profit from sports betting.

"We look forward to working with lawmakers to create a framework for sports betting that ensures maximum revenue for the state and promotes responsible gaming within the footprint of existing gaming establishments and platforms", he added.

"We will see a lot of people come to MS and in particular Tunica that might not have otherwise come and hopefully they will see what they like and we can take advantage of it here", Franklin said.

He had hoped that it could be passed, contingent on the Supreme Court ruling.

In New York, a representative for Batavia Downs Gaming said the decision will help grow jobs in western and central parts of the state, CBS affiliate WIVB-TV in Buffalo reports.

The ultimate goal is online gambling, he maintains.

Reactions to the Supreme Court ruling across the sports world weren't limited to the league offices.