Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

It’s Only Gambling When the Legislature Wants It To Be Gambling

June 2018 Bar Bulletin

Fantasy Sports

By Rob Laplaca

The gambling debate has raged in the United States longer than the United States itself. While the Puritans forbade gambling in the 1600s as evil, some colonies saw gambling as a “proper gentleman’s diversion.” In fact, this gambling “diversion” led to the first lotteries whose proceeds went to finance some of our nation’s earliest and most prestigious universities. By the 1800s, scandals and increased religious fervor led to illegalizing gambling with only state-sponsored gambling remaining. 

Leap forward to May 14; the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision allowing states to legalize sports gambling.1 In Murphy v....

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