I live just a few miles from legal sports gambling in Nevada, so sometimes it's hard to fathom that there are vast tracks of American soil in which it's not allowed to place a few sawbucks on the Packers to win the Super Bowl. New Jersey passed the second law in 2014, and a lower courts struck it down previous year.
"This is the day that New Jersey has been waiting for for years", said Wallach, who has been closely following New Jersey's legal efforts to overturn the ban. New Jersey had lost every step of the way in this legal battle and was considered an underdog to have its case heard by the SCOTUS.
Most recently, in August 2016, the Third Circuit ruled that New Jersey's law repealing a ban on sports gambling violated the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a federal law that bars states from authorizing sports betting. "PASPA is a failed law, and now is the time for all parties, including the sports leagues, to come together and replace it with a regulatory framework that will bring sports betting out of the shadows and into the sunlight, creating well over 100,000 jobs and raising billions in tax revenue". The plans allowing for sports betting have tabbed Monmouth Park as one of the sites where sports wagers could be placed, along with Atlantic City's struggling casinos.
The NHL has also expanded to Las Vegas, where a new team, the Vegas Golden Knights, will begin play this fall.
Christie and the lawmakers argue that the state is being unconstitutionally forced to prohibit sports gambling.
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If passed, the law would allow New Jersey casinos and racetracks to offer gambling on individual professional and college sporting events.
The court jumped into the case even after the Trump administration urged the justices not to get involved.
The case has lasted almost as long as Christie has been in office.
Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia and Wisconsin have joined with New Jersey in appealing the decision to the Supreme Court. Christie signed follow-up legislation in January 2012, and that spring, New Jersey gaming officials put forth regulations for state-sponsored sportsbooks.
This month the American Gaming Association announced the creation of a coalition involving organizations of attorneys general and police, policymakers and others to advocate for the repeal of the ban that the industry says has fueled the $150 billion illegal sports betting market. Aside from straight betting on games, Fantasy Sports is what's helping to keep it the most popular US sport.