WNBA & USA Today Lead Overreaction to Supreme Court Ruling
The Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was big news in the sports world. The act, which was passed in 1992, effectively bans sports betting in all but four states.
The case, which will be heard in the fall, has the potential to upend the current landscape and open the door for legal sports betting in states across the country.
While the case is still months away from being decided, the WNBA and USA Today both reacted as if the ruling was a done deal.
On Tuesday, the WNBA released a statement saying that it was “reviewing the potential impact” of the Supreme Court’s decision. The statement went on to say that the league “remains committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our players, fans and everyone involved in our game.”
USA Today, meanwhile, published an article with the headline “Your state could be next to legalize sports betting.” The article went on to say that the ruling could “change the way we watch and follow sports.”
While it’s possible that the Supreme Court’s ruling could have a major impact on sports betting, it’s also possible that it won’t. The court could rule that the current law is constitutional, or it could punt the issue back to the states.
Either way, it’s premature for the WNBA and USA Today to be acting like sports betting is about to be legalized nationwide.