Over the past few years, I have watched with some trepidation the explosion of legalized gambling in the United States. Casinos have sprung up in places that previously did not allow gambling And online sports gambling has expanded, plugging a betting app into nearly every commercial break during the Super Bowl. Much of this change can be traced back to a single Supreme Court decision: Murphy v. NCAA (2018). At the time, I thought this federalism case wasn’t a tough call: Congress couldn’t prohibit a state from legalizing sports betting. The vote was 7-2. Justice Ginsburg dissented on fairly narrow grounds regarding secession. The results, however, extend beyond the Garden State.
Charles Lane’s column The Washington Post Summary of my thoughts:
A few months ago, I was on a flight to Las Vegas to speak at UNLV. The man sitting next to me worked for the marketing department of a large casino conglomerate. He made no attempt to hide what was on his screen and I had the opportunity to read his presentation. (Never do anything on a plane unless you want other people to see it.) The casino was trying to calculate the exact level of “lure” needed to keep a person hooked on the app. In other words, how many free “credits” a person gets before becoming a “loyal” member. I’m sure similar conversations were held at tobacco companies back in the day. At least in the past, people had to make a physical trip to a casino. Now, highly addictive apps can hook a person and empty his bank account anywhere. Life will be destroyed with a few swipes.
I think its social impact Murphy The effect will be dwarfed Dobbs And the bridge. Without question the number of abortions is down, but not as much as some advocates had feared. And, on balance, I suspect gun laws nationwide won’t look much different in 5 years than they do now. but Murphy, a single decision led to a complete change in the American economy. Don’t tell Justice Gorsuch, but Indian tribes, who have come to rely on exclusive gaming privileges, may be hit the hardest. Also, throw in Justice Kavanaugh’s concurrence NCAA vs. Alston, and college athletics overturned by name-image-like deals. It is often the decisions that fly under the radar that are most rewarding.