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United States Supreme Court Again Asked To Hear New Jersey Sports Betting Case

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The New Jersey Thoroughbred Racing Association has appealed to the Supreme Court over the state’s failed attempts to get brick-and-mortar sports books, according to a report from

The Garden State has so far been unsuccessful in challenging the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which grandfathered in just four states for sports betting. Nevada is the only state with single-game betting, while Delaware allows parlays.

New Jersey decided against getting sports betting for its casinos at that time. Now it wants in, as the Atlantic City brick-and-mortar gaming industry continues to decline.

The Supreme Court was petitioned in 2014 to take up the case, but it declined.

The latest ruling to go against New Jersey happened in August, when a federal appeals court upheld previous rulings that said the state would be in violation of federal law if it legalized sports betting on its own in an effort to circumvent PASPA.

New Jersey passed legislation in 2014, but it was then sued by the major pro sports leagues.

Appealing again to the Supreme Court is seen as New Jersey’s last chance to get sports books. Federal reform, which is championed by the NBA and the American Gaming Association, is the more likely scenario for a change to the status quo.

Earlier this year, American Gaming Association CEO Geoff Freeman said that “the next president is going to have the issue of legalizing sports betting on their desk.” The AGA estimated that nearly $150 billion is bet on sports through illegal channels each year.

At the annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas last month, former NBA commissioner David Stern discussed the need to revisit PASPA, but not to simply allow New Jersey to have sports books. There are now 40 states with casino gambling and all of them could be interested in legal sports betting, according to the AGA.



over 5 years ago

this is so god damn stupid. just give the state sports betting. where else are they going to get money from. ridiculous there is a billion dollar industry and america is just like nah we dont want a part of it. or only in vegas but it happens in literally every other town in the damn country. so stupid america!