Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA), speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Silver said legalized sports gambling in the U.S. is likely to spread and the National Basketball Association expects to profit from it. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Adam Silver NBA commissioner Adam Silver mandated Donald Sterling's exit over racist comments. (Peter Foley/Bloomberg)
Photo: Jeff Schultz/Jeff Schultz blog
Photo: Jeff Schultz/Jeff Schultz blog

NBA’s response to Supreme Court’s sports betting decision 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement Monday in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.

By a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court ruled the 1992 federal law unconstitutional and gave states the right to create their own sports gambling laws.

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court opens the door for states to pass laws legalizing sports betting,” Silver said in the statement. “We remain in favor of a federal framework that would provide a uniform approach to sports gambling in states that choose to permit it, but we will remain active in ongoing discussions with state legislatures. Regardless of the particulars of any future sports betting law, the integrity of our game remains our highest priority.”

Before Monday’s vote, the Supreme Court was encouraged to uphold PASPA by the federal government, all four major professional sports leagues in the United States and the NCAA, according to the Associated Press.

The NBA follows Major League Baseball, which also released a statement Monday regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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