The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for states to legalize betting on sports, lifting a 25-year-old federal law that prohibited the action outside Nevada.
In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that federal ban on state-sanctioned sports betting is unconsitutional, giving states the green light to allow betting on college and professional sports.
"The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," said Justice Samuel Alito, writing on behalf of the court. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own."
This is a historic development in the sports industry, and New Jersey is expected to be the first state to take advantage of the ruling.
The Bears parted ways with wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, releasing him and cornerback Prince Amukamara on Friday.
Gabriel, who played two seasons with the Bears, took to Twitter to thank the fans and the city of Chicago as a whole for his time with the squad. His kind message came attached to video clips of two of Gabriel's six receiving touchdowns as a Bear.
Over his two years and 25 games with the Bears, Gabriel racked up 96 receptions, 1,041 yards, and 6 touchdowns.
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The Chicago Bears released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara on Friday in a move that was expected in order to free up salary-cap space in advance of free agency this March.
By moving on from Amukamara, the Bears will have an additional $9 million to spend on the open market, which could ultimately be used on his replacement. It could also be shifted to other positions of need along the offensive line or on that pesky veteran quarterback who's sure to rile up the fan base.
There's also the Allen Robinson contract extension that eventually needs to get hammered out.
The good news for Chicago is there are several viable options who will be available in free agency and the NFL draft that can replace Amukamara in the starting lineup. Here's a look at five of them: