Supreme Court hears arguments in New Jersey's case to legalize sports betting

Supreme Court hears arguments in New Jersey's case to legalize sports betting

The case the justices are hearing Monday is a result of New Jersey's years-long effort to bring betting on sports to its casinos and racetracks.

The bill was being introduced in Congress as the US Supreme Court heard a case - Christie vs. NCAA - about the constitutionality of a federal sports betting ban (PASPA).

The U.S. Supreme Court could be on the verge of making legal sports gambling possible in states like NY.

The stakes are high. He played in the National Basketball Association before entering politics and thought gambling could lead to rigged games.

"Today's argument before the Supreme Court showed there is a serious question as to whether PASPA violates the Constitution and whether New Jersey even violated PASPA in the first place", Pallone said.

He claims that the federal government overstepped their bounds by forcing such regulation. "Congress can regulate interstate commerce, but it can't make the states do the work of Congress", he said.

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Twenty states signed on in support of New Jersey in the case, and Connecticut, Mississippi, New York and Pennsylvania have already passed legislation that would allow them to get in the game if the federal ban is lifted.

The 1992 law at issue in the case bars state-authorized sports gambling with exceptions for Nevada, Montana, Oregon and DE, states that had approved some form of sports wagering before the law took effect.

According to a 2017 poll conducted by The Washington Post and University of Massachusetts Lowell, 56 percent of Americans approve of legalizing betting on pro sports.

GMA estimates total revenue for sports betting between $1.8 billion to $9.0 billion depending on the regulatory structure, tax rate, and states that would opt-in with the potential repeal of PASPA. The action was a direct challenge to the federal law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. Nevada was exempted from the law and three other states - Montana, Delaware, and OR - had already enacted sports lotteries and were allowed to continue to do so. Nevada is the only state where a person can wager on the results of a single game, though the law doesn't cover wagering between friends.

"If the state of New Jersey were to win that case, I think we're then looking at a framework that I don't think is ideal, and that is that you have potentially 50 different sets of rules for 50 states", Silver told WFAN.