Can I gamble legally on sports now?

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    • Joined ESPN in 2014
    • Journalist covering gambling industry since 2008
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    • Assistant professor of sports law analytics at FSU
    • Author of numerous academic articles on sports gaming
    • Co-wrote and filed US Supreme Court amicus brief

The Supreme Court has issued a ruling in the New Jersey sports gambling case and declared that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) is unconstitutional, leaving states to decide individually if they want to offer sports betting.

What does this mean?

Here are the top-level takeaways from your biggest questions about the ruling:

Can I bet on single-game sports with a legal bookmaker in the United States?

Yes, but right now only if you’re in Nevada. Be patient, though. That will change quickly. New Jersey expects to be up and running within weeks — potentially in time for the NBA Finals — and many more states are likely to follow.

But didn’t sports betting just become legal across the U.S.?

The Supreme Court invalidated the federal prohibition on state-sponsored sports

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