Justices to review New Jersey bid for legal sports betting

by Leon Thompson June 28, 2017, 1:38

New Jersey voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing sports gambling in 2011, and Gov. Chris Christie signed laws in 2012 and 2014 to implement that amendment. The law now at issue would ban wagers on state college teams and limit bets to people age 21 and older at casinos and racetracks.

All four major sports leagues and the NCAA sued New Jersey after it passed the two laws.

"We are pleased the Supreme Court appears to have responded favorably to our arguments as to why they should hear this important case", Mr. Freeman said. New Jersey argues that the federal law infringes upon state sovereignty as laid out in the U.S. Constitution.

American Gaming Association CEO Geoff Freeman released a statement Tuesday morning praising the high court's decision to take the case, which will be argued this fall. "We are hopeful their engagement will provide further encouragement for Congress to take the steps necessary to create a regulated sports betting marketplace in the United States".

The US Supreme Court has confirmed that it will conduct a review of a previous court decision which, if rejected, could pave the way for the legalisation of sports gambling at New Jersey's casinos and racetracks.

The justices will review a lower court's conclusion that the measure runs afoul of a 1992 federal law that outlaws sports gambling in most of the country. Nevada is the only state that can offer betting on individual games. The legislation included several exceptions, including an allowance for sports betting in Nevada and three other states that had already authorized limited wagering on sports contests.

The major sports leagues' rigid anti-gambling stance has also begun to crack.

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But apparently some justices feel that the sports betting landscape has changed so much over the past five years that the case needs another look.

And is anyone still pretending that sports betting isn't the main propellant for the NFL? The NFL and National Hockey League are in Las Vegas now, after all - something that would have been unthinkable five years ago.

In May, New Jersey Rep. They point to a 1992 Supreme Court decision that said the federal government may not "commandeer" a state's regulatory power.

"Long time coming, today's SCOTUS announcement is welcome news to South Jersey residents who overwhelming voted to allow sports-betting", he wrote on Twitter.

Supreme Court to decide whether Congress...

Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia and Wisconsin had joined New Jersey's effort to have the case heard by the Supreme Court.

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