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Supreme Court to hear NJ appeal over betting law

Gambling Wavebreak Media
Nellie Chapman | 29 June, 2017, 08:56

Sports gamblers around the country may want to keep a close eye on Washington the United States Supreme Court has chose to make a judgment on an appeal filed by the state of New Jersey regarding legalized sports betting. A group of state's officials, led by Governor Chris Christie, have been trying to officially introduce sports betting in New Jersey by passing legislation attempts twice - in 2012 and 2014. Under the current Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, such wagers are allowed only in the state of Nevada.

The sports betting landscape in the US has shifted significantly as the New Jersey case played out over the past five years.

The American Gaming Association has relentlessly pushed to get Congress to repeal PASPA, recently establishing an American Sports Betting Coalition to build a system that protects the rights of states and fans and the integrity of sports.

The court announced that it would consolidate two cases in which lower courts ruled that a federal ban on sports gambling pre-empted a 2014 New Jersey law that sought to allow such wagering at Atlantic City casinos and racetracks.

The NCAA argued in a brief to the court that New Jersey's petition is similar to an earlier request denied by the court. Despite insistence by the Commissioner that the league continues to oppose betting on games, more and more people connected to the league believe that the legalization of wagering is inevitable - and that the NFL can make billions in profit from it. Aside from straight betting on games, Fantasy Sports is what's helping to keep it the most popular US sport. Tuesday's decision was the first setback for the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball in the lengthy saga. "Admittedly, this case is unlikely to create anything more than a narrow exception for state deregulation of sports betting, but a favorable ruling from the court would be good news for Monmouth Park nonetheless".

In any case, the US Supreme Court is expected to review a legal controversy that started a few years ago. The court chose to accept the state's appeal even after the Trump administration urged the justices not to get involved. "I am encouraged by it", according to a statement made by Christie at a press conference. "We're not declaring victory, but at least we're in the game, and that's where we want to be". New Jersey voters passed a referendum to allow sports betting in 2011.

We understand the economic need to stabilize casinos, but we are skeptical that sports betting brings any long-term remedy.

The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in six cases Tuesday.