You can feel the tipping point. It happened with gay marriage in June 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down the law banning federal benefits for married same-sex couples. From that point on, state-sanctioned same-sex marriage was inevitable. You can feel it coming with legalized marijuana. Penalties for simple possession have gone from life imprisonment to — in California and 17 other states — a parking ticket, to outright legal in four states with many more to come. And now you can see the tipping point coming with sports betting.
Last November, NBA commissioner Adam Silver wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, the heart of which was, “…the laws on sports betting should be changed. Congress should adopt a federal framework that allows states to authorize betting on professional sports, subject to strict regulatory requirements and technological safeguards.”
Earlier in the piece, Silver
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