Supreme Court will hear sports betting case

The Garden State's fight against the major sports leagues in the U.S. that began way back in 2012 got a rare glimpse of hope on Tuesday, when the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear New Jersey's appeal in its case to bring above-board sports betting to its casinos and racetracks. The court made a decision to accept the state's appeal even after the Trump administration urged the justices not to get involved. The casino industry, after a period of job losses and closings, has lately been doing better. Supporters of New Jersey's efforts see it as a states' rights issue. "During football season, the NCAA tournament, the World Cup, people will be flocking to Atlantic City to bet on them".

The cert petition argues the case could have implications on the power of the states to authorize private conduct now banned by state law, including recreational use of marijuana, carrying concealed firearms and working on Sundays.

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. "The Supreme Court's decision today is welcome news", said Joe Asher, the CEO of William Hill US, which has over 100 sports betting locations in Nevada. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called for the nationwide legalization and regulation of sports wagering in 2014, and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said this year that his league was reconsidering its opposition to sports betting.

The court made a decision to take up the case even though the Trump administration urged the justices not to hear Christie's appeal. It closed last October under the ownership of fellow billionaire Carl Icahn, who sold it in March to Hard Rock International.

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The case has lasted almost as long as Christie has been in office.

Hold the phone. Legal and regulated sports betting in New Jersey is not dead.

Currently, the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA) of 1992 bans all but four states - Nevada, Delaware, Montana and OR - from taking bets from gamblers on baseball, football, basketball and other sporting events. Nevada is the only state that can offer betting on individual games.

In 2014, the Supreme Court rejected New Jersey's earlier challenge to the federal law, the Associated Press reported.

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Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) said both Congress and the Supreme Court should respect New Jersey voters who chose to legalize sports betting.

The groups cited research that showed legalizing sports betting in the US could support more than 150,000 jobs.

A federal ban on sports betting has been in place since 1992, when legislators, with the support of professional sports leagues and the NCAA, passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or PASPA. The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association is also appealing the ruling. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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