Washington Post Opinion : How the Supreme Court turned America into a casino

When historians evaluate the Supreme Court’s impact on early 21st-century America, they will no doubt focus on the 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage or the overthrow of Roe v. Wade last year.

As Sunday’s Super Bowl reminds us, however, the most underrated Supreme Court decision of the past decade might be Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. In that 2018 ruling, the justices declared unconstitutional a 1992 federal law that barred 46 states from repealing their then-existing bans on sports betting.

Now, 36 states and D.C. permit bets on the NFL, MLB, NBA — you name it. Leagues that once shunned betting as a threat to their integrity cheerfully accept legal sportsbooks as official “partners.

Whether or not you bet, there’s no escape from advertising by companies such as FanDuel and DraftKings. With bewildering speed, a language once intelligible only to Las Vegas habitues — “parlay,” “over-under” — has gone mainstream.

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