On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court played the right card for sports gamblers as it ruled that a federal gambling statute known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act violated the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution, also called the commandeering clause. The decision gives states the authority to pass their own laws with regard to sports betting.
So what does the ruling mean for the future? Constitutional law attorney David Coale places his bet.
There will be a lot of issues about the intellectual property of sports leagues and teams, says Coale of the Dallas law firm Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst. For example, a gambling company will naturally want to put the Cowboys logo in its ads; the Cowboys will want to stop that without control over the conditions of use and payment of a proper fee.
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