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Nevada oddsmakers cheer top-court review of NJ sports betting case

28 June 2017

Giving new significance to recently passed legislation in CT, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to review New Jersey's challenge of a federal law that has stopped the expansion of sports betting beyond a handful of states for the past quarter century.

The US Supreme Court has confirmed that it will conduct a review of a previous court decision which, if rejected, could pave the way for the legalisation of sports gambling at New Jersey's casinos and racetracks.

Both lawsuits asked the Justices to consider if a federal law that limits sports betting in New Jersey violates the 10 Amendment's anti-commandeering clause. The court generally gives great weight to the solicitor general's input, but apparently, the judges feel this case deserves their attention. United States, a criminal case involving obstruction of federal tax laws. Still, in case that the US Supreme Court rules in favour of the state, this could provoke similar process for making gambling legal in other states.

The Supreme Court also delivered a surprise in the state's long-running, losing battle over legalizing sports betting.

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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.

That would be huge for sports betting. (NJ-06), who has been a supporter of allowing sports betting in the state in places such as Monmouth Park in Oceanport.

The justices said Tuesday they will review a lower court ruling against the state. The NCAA and National Football League remain opposed to expanding legal sports betting, and the NHL has mostly remained quiet on the prospect in recent years.

This month the American Gaming Association announced the creation of a coalition involving organizations of attorneys general and police, policymakers and others to advocate for the repeal of the ban that the industry says has fueled the $150 billion illegal sports betting market. "(But) I'm encouraged by it.

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The NCAA and the four major sports leagues - the NFL, the National Basketball Association, the NHL and MLB - have been opposed to the expansion of sports betting in the USA, fighting New Jersey's attempts to allow the activity at every turn.

"It's a business that we're in, and I think the state should be looking at it very carefully", Taylor said Tuesday in an interview.

The state of New Jersey wants to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), which imposed a ban on sports betting activities across all states in the country, but four - Nevada, Montana, Delaware and Oregon.

A gaming-expansion bill passed this session by the CT legislature calls for the commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection to "adopt regulations.to regulate wagering on sporting events to the extent permitted by state and federal law".

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Nevada oddsmakers cheer top-court review of NJ sports betting case