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New Jersey Gets US Supreme Court Hearing on Sports-Gambling Bid

New Jersey Gets US Supreme Court Hearing on Sports-Gambling Bid

The Supreme Court today announced that it would hear New Jersey's appeal on legalized sports betting in the state.

New Jersey's latest setback came in August 2016, when the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled in a 10-2 decision that sports betting is "clearly and completely legally prohibited" under federal law. Sports betting would only be legal at a casino, he said, and as the state did when legalizing casinos, he believes MS will look to Nevada as a good model of regulation for sport betting.

The top USA court will hear arguments on whether sports betting should be legalised in New Jersey, and by extension elsewhere in the United States, in October.

In PEM Entities LLC v. Levin [SCOTUSblog materials] the court will determine whether bankruptcy courts should apply a federal rule of decision or a state law rule of decision when deciding to recharacterize a debt claim in bankruptcy as a capital contribution.

"People are already betting on sports across the country", said Joe Asher, the CEO of William Hill, which has multiple Nevada locations. The court agrees to hear appeals in only a fraction of the cases that are brought before it.




"This federal takeover of New Jersey's legislative apparatus is dramatic, unprecedented, and in direct conflict with this Court's Tenth Amendment jurisprudence barring Congress from controlling how the States regulate private parties", the state said in its petition.

"When I heard the news I was very happy", said Dennis Drazin, who heads the management team at Monmouth Park and has been one of the driving forces behind the push to legalize sports betting in the state.

We still don't know if New Jersey will get its day in the nation's highest court. Under the current Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, such wagers are allowed only in the state of Nevada.

If New Jersey prevails, "it could and will open up the floodgates nationally for sports betting", said Daniel Wallach, a lawyer with the firm Becker and Poliakoff who specializes in sports and gaming law and is not involved in the case.

The American Gaming Association (AGA) responded with the following statement: "We are pleased the Supreme Court appears to have responded favourably to our arguments as to why they should hear this case". "I believe the court took this case to decide whether PASPA is constitutional". "(But) I'm encouraged by it. The NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball sued Christie in 2012 to keep his ink-stained gambling mitts out of their houses. "We're not declaring victory, but at least we're in the game and that's what we want to be". Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and West Virginia have sports betting legislation all ready to go.


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