INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
A state lawmaker says he’ll sponsor legislation that would make betting on
sports legal in Indiana if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of New
Jersey in a case that could open to door for states to legalize gambling on
More than 10 states
have passed or are considering anticipatory bills to make sports betting
legal if the Supreme Court opens the gates, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Alan Morrison of Terre Haute wants to do the same in Indiana, but his
opposition would include the NCAA. The Indianapolis-based college sports
governing body opposes all forms of sports gambling. It even bars any of its
championship events from being held in Nevada.
“I understand where
they’ll be coming from,” Morrison said. “But it’s also important for the
NCAA to understand that the landscape of gaming is changing throughout our
country. I think they would hopefully have some understanding that Indiana
would have rights just like the other states.”
restricting college bets in Indiana “would be a pretty big burden” for the
state’s gaming facilities.
The NCAA declined
requests for comment by the newspaper.
In the Supreme
Court, the state of New Jersey is trying to have the federal Professional
and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA) declared unconstitutional. The
1992 law prohibits sports betting except in a few states.
Michael Pollock of
the consultant Spectrum Gaming Group said sports betting is becoming more
acceptable, “and that’s only going to continue.
“Whether it happens
with a dam bursting, through a Supreme Court decision, or it happens more
gradually, it’s going to happen,” Pollock said during an Indiana legislative