Mr. Beat presents Supreme Court Briefs New Jersey
November 8, 2011 Citizens vote to make betting on sports legal. This was a big deal. At the time, 97% of all sports bets placed in the country were illegal. The New Jersey state legislature then passed and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law the Sports Wagering Act of 2012, which let citizens place sports bets at casinos and racetracks. Well the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB were like “nuh-uhh.” They sued Governor Christie, arguing that New Jersey legalizing sports betting went against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, aka PASPA, passed by Congress back in 1992. This law banned betting on sports except for a few special places that were exempt. Well apparently New Jersey was not special enough. Governor Christie was like “Yeah, I KNOW New Jersey legalizing sports betting went against PAPSA, but the Tenth Amendment is on our side.” You see, the Supreme Court had previously established this thing called the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine in two cases, New York v. United States (1992) and Printz v. United States (1997). The doctrine basically said the federal government can’t force states or state officials to adopt or enforce federal laws. Soon the U.S. Department of Justice joined forces with the sports leagues, and when they went to U.S. District Court in February 2013, their main argument was that sports gambling not only hurt their leagues, but hurt the integrity of the sports. The judge agreed and ruled with the sports leagues and Justice Department. Governor Christie and New Jersey appealed to the Third Circuit Appeals Court, but they upheld the ruling. After the Supreme Court refused to hear another appeal in the spring of 2014, the New Jersey legislature went back to the drawing board. Since the Sports Wagering Act was unconstitutional, they just went back and repealed parts of existing New Jersey laws from 1977 that had banned sports gambling. Oh snap. What a sneaky way to legalize sports gambling. But Governor Christie was like “sorry, not sorry” and vetoed the repeals, saying “guys, we just can’t bypass the Third Circuit’s ruling.” However, just a few months later, Christie changed his mind and signed it into law. Welp, the five sports leagues sued New Jersey again in November 2014. Yet again, the District Court and Third Circuit ruled in favor of the sports leagues. But Christie and New Jersey begged the Supreme Court to consider an appeal again, specifically bringing up the question “Does a federal statute that prohibits modification or repeal of state-law prohibitions on private conduct impermissibly commandeer the regulatory power of States?” and they cited good ol’ New York v. United States as precedent. Well that got the Court’s attention this time. They agreed to hear the case on June 27, 2017. The Court heard oral arguments on December 7, 2017. By this time, New Jersey had elected a new governor, Phil Murphy. One big thing the Court looked at was whether or not the Commerce Clause gave the federal government authority to say a state couldn’t repeal old laws. On May 14, 2018, the Court finally announced their decision. They sided with New Jersey. It was 7-2, although Justice Stephen Breyer only partially sided with the majority. The Court ruled that PASPA went against the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine because it specifically said what a state could and could not do. A month later, New Jersey made sports gambling legal again. Other states soon followed. Today, just 16 months after the decision, Atlantic City appears to be on the rebound. For years before the decision, its economy had struggled. Now that sports betting is legal, business is booming once again there. Murphy v. NCAA was a win for states’ rights and the 10th Amendment. It strengthened the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine, and ever since states have been a bit more bold passing and upholding laws that went against federal laws. A great example is marijuana policy. The decision has made it clear that the federal government can’t prevent states from legalizing marijuana. Sure, there’d still be ways the federal government could regulate it and prevent its legalization indirectly, but for the most part it looks like states are going to keep doing their own thing and it’ll be harder can stop them. Now, that all said. What IS gambling really? I mean, just about all of us agree betting on sports is gambling, but what about loot boxes? Shouldn’t buying THEM be considered gambling? Well, to answer that question, Mr. Sinn has made a video. That’s right, this video is a collaboration with Mr. Sinn, a fellow social studies teacher/YouTuber based out of Minnesota who is a fantastic educator. Be sure to check out his video and subscribe to him while you’re over there. I’ll see you for the next Supreme Court case, jury! Thanks to Mr. Sinn for collaborating with me. What do YOU think about Murphy v. NCAA? Do you agree with the Court’s decision? Should ALL gambling be legal? Let me know in the comments below. I think I’m going to bet my life savings that the Chiefs will win the Super Bowl this year. I probably should run this by Mrs. Beat first but We’ll see. Thanks for watchiiiiiiinnnnnngggggggggg

Why We Can Now Bet on Sports | Murphy v. NCAA

49 thoughts on “Why We Can Now Bet on Sports | Murphy v. NCAA

  • September 13, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    Hello Mr beat

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:35 am
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    . 🌚
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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    Interesting topic.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:40 am
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    Should gambling be completely legal?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:41 am
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    The anti-commandeering doctrine sounds like a really stupid thing. So the laws apply to the country, but you cannot make certain they will be enforced? Sounds ridiculous.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    Mr. Sinn, really? This guy needed to invent a name for this gambling video on the spot or what?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    How about The Supremacy Clause of The Constitution ?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    I support anything that destroys the atrocity that is Las Vegas.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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    If it's legal, it can be taxed $$$$ 😀😀😀

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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    What’s wrong with sports gambling?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:17 pm
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    Dang Mr. Beat, do you always upload this early?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:19 pm
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    Poor New Jersey (((

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    Thank you for this video

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    Does this mean that if Ohio changes/repeals its laws on sports gambling, Pete Rose can get in the Hall of Fame?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    Hi Mr Beat. Thankyou for putting out good concise summaries of important SCOTUS decisions. Although I am not an American, I follow US politics and dabble in a bit of reading about US Constitutional law. My current favourite justice on the Supreme Court bench is Neil Gorsuch. I was wondering who is your favourite judge currently sitting on the Supreme Court bench and why ?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Finally, some New Jersey representation, I'm still waiting for that New York vs. New Jersey video

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:55 pm
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    its nice to see more states being able to do more things , my states has been doing pull tabs for decades and legalized cannabis a few years ago, now taco bell sales are up too .

    as a Dolphins fan i am not betting on the dolphins to win the superbowl this year O_O

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Mr Beat, are you excited about the St. Louis Battlehawks?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:58 pm
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    best teacher in America

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:59 pm
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    You missed a golden opportunity to use the infamous picture of Chris Christie in the beach chair!

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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    I agree with Christie here (never thought I’d say that) and I like the states legalizing marijuana but the anti-commandeering doctrine sounds terrible in some cases. Imagine if Eisenhower got sued b/c of his enforcement of Brown v. Board of Education or states could just ignore the civil rights act. You could think of thousands of laws that could be a disaster if the states were allowed to ignore.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:01 pm
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    This is crazy

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:02 pm
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    banning gambling just empowers criminals just like prohibition did

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:03 pm
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    This "anti-comandeering doctrine" would be the most laughable argument you'd probably be able to try to present to a court in Brazil. The Union can do absolutely anything without the states approval, even passing constitutional ammendments stripping states from their powers.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    Will you do the case on partiasian gerrymanding.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:13 pm
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    Supposedly Congress is going to revisit this and regulate it in a slightly less illegal way, but it’s Congress so I wouldn’t hold my breath

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    4:14 Stu Feiner making the first legal bet in Atlantic City

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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    nj made an offer judges could not refuse…

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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    Awesome video Mr Beat. I live in Washington I believe state gambling is illegal here but there are still lots of casinos on the Native reservations here.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    That's the most photogenic I've ever seen Chris Christie.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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    Sports betting is definitely a guy thing, the two women supreme court justices were against it.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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    No, gambling on college sports has been proven time and again to hurt the inegrity of our institutions of higher learning. The NCAA and various other institutions have worked tirelessly for decades trying to prevent undue influence in the form for monetary and other monetizing (is that a word?) awards for exceptional, or deceptively poor performance on the field of play. While professional sports should not be immune from market pressures, making gambling legal on college sports is an entirely different thing from all other types of betting and should be illegal.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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    The Supreme Court got the decision right.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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    I like these videos because I do not know anyone else that does this specific thing.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    I think I agree on the court with this one. I think the sports leagues don't have the authority to sue a state over gambling. They're two separate business.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    And next episode. Episode 50: ENDGAME. No no no, not that one. Or that one.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    States don’t have to follow federal law? What good is federal law then?!

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    Love your videos but I wouldn't bet my life savings on the Chiefs haha, listen to Mrs. Beat 😝

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:16 pm
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    Thank you Christie very cool.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    Hustler Magazine v. Falwell! Important and interesting free speech case.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    Cheifs vs Saints SB54

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:28 pm
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    Hold on sports betting has been illegal in the US all this time??? damn

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  • September 13, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    Are you allowed to bet on the outcome of Supreme Court cases? USA versus Gun Nuts Inc 100 to 1. Womens' Right To Choose v. Any Backward State 500 to 1.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    Great video Mr Beat. However I want to see the Curt Flood Case which opened the door for MLB free agency back in the 1960s & 70s. Would love to see more sports related cases. Have a nice weekend.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    Betting your life savings on the chiefs is a good idea. But if you are actually serious about it, you’d sell the house and make it a real bet.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    And then the biggest irony was that now the sports leagues want their cut of the money bonanza…

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:10 pm
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    Get ready for the chiefs to go full Reid

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:14 pm
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    Thank you again Mr. Beat for collaborating with me. I am curious… When the Chiefs win the super bowl and you double your life earnings. What will you do with the money?

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