Supreme Court to hear NJ appeal over betting law

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to take up New Jersey's bid to allow sports betting at its casinos and racetracks, a case that could lead other states to seek a share of the lucrative market. The case will be argued in the fall.

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

Christie and the lawmakers argue that the state is being unconstitutionally forced to prohibit sports gambling.

But apparently some justices feel that the sports betting landscape has changed so much over the past five years that the case needs another look.

The justices will review a federal appeals court's ruling past year that the 2014 New Jersey statute permitting sports betting at casinos and racetracks violated a 1992 federal law that prohibits such gambling in all states except Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.

"We are pleased the Supreme Court appears to have responded favorably to our arguments as to why they should hear this important case", said Geoff Freeman, CEO of the American Gaming Association, a group that lobbies on behalf of the casino industry. He hopes that legal sports betting can help the state's economy, particularly beleaguered Atlantic City casinos.

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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's executive branch and its legislature have devised multiple strategies to allow sports betting over the past several years, but lower courts have struck down the plans, ruling in favor of a coalition of professional and amateur sports leagues that had objected. New Jersey voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing sports gambling in 2011, and Gov. Chris Christie signed laws in 2012 and 2014 to implement that amendment. Nevada is the only state to allow single-game wagering.

The NHL has also expanded to Las Vegas, where a new team, the Vegas Golden Knights, will begin play this fall.

"Rather than continuing to allow criminal and offshore entities to reap the benefits of illegal gaming, there is now an opportunity for the Supreme Court to allow the democratic process in New Jersey to appropriately regulate sports gaming", Pallone said in a statement.

Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia and Wisconsin had joined New Jersey's effort to have the case heard by the Supreme Court.

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

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