Sports Gambling Approval Could Set Off Wave of Changes

MetroNews staff

The outcome of this Supreme Court ruling could have a profound impact on the many other states hoping to capitalize on the market for sports betting. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions.

The state of New Jersey had been fighting for eight years to make sports wagering legal at racetracks and casinos in the state, but had repeatedly been blocked by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.

The federal law at issue had effectively prohibited sports gambling in all states except Nevada and, to a limited extent, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.

Raymond Lesniak, a former Democratic state senator who sponsored the bill, said states should be free to wrest sports gambling back from organized crime and offshore operations.

Tony Clark, the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, calls the Supreme Court's ruling on sports betting "monumental, with far-reaching implications for baseball players and the games we love".

Christie appealed lower court rulings striking down the state law.

MS is one key state to watch as they are one of the few states outside of Nevada to already have numerous casinos in place.

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Either ruling could start legal sports gambling in New Jersey within two weeks of the ruling. "It does so apparently in the mistaken assumption that private sports-gambling schemes would become lawful in the wake of its decision". "The Supreme Court agrees with us today".

The Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision by the end of June, though it could do so as early as this Monday. They said in court briefs that if the high court sided with the sporting leagues, "Congress could compel the entire machinery of state government - legislatures, executives and courts - to maintain and enforce repealed state laws at the behest of the federal government". New Jersey attempted to bring the case to the Supreme Court in 2014, but had their initial request for hearing denied.

Justice Samuel Alito, a New Jersey native, gave the majority opinion, saying: "Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution".

More than a dozen states had supported New Jersey, which argued that Congress exceeded its authority when it passed its law.

The Supreme Court's court decision reversing that outcome will make it easier to open the door to sports betting.

"New Jersey's real complaint is that Congress has forbidden it from enacting the specific policy it prefers - namely, state sports gambling at its state-licensed casinos and race tracks", wrote Paul D. Clement, a lawyer representing the NCAA, the National Basketball Association, the NFL and others.

Leonsis says in a statement released Monday he believes legalized betting will protect the integrity of sports against potential corruption and paves the way to implement safeguards against fraud.

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