US Supreme Court Seems Sympathetic to Sports Betting Advocates

Christie's gambling fight heads to the Supreme Court

Christie's gambling fight heads to the Supreme Court

GMA's newly expanded Sports Betting division, headed by John English, Managing Director of Sports Betting and Technology, produced the white paper entitled "An Examination of Sports Betting in America & Forecast of Revenues by State" to highlight the current status of the sports betting market in the US, the process being undertaken to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), hurdles the industry will face, political climate, and revenue potential for a well regulated sports betting industry.

Justice Anthony Kennedy will likely be the swing vote. He said that would seem to violate the constitutional prohibition on what is called "commandeering".

New Jersey has been trying for years to allow sports betting at racetracks and to help revitalize Atlantic City, WCBS 880's Alex Silverman reported. As of now, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) allows live betting on sports events only in Nevada facilities, while a handful of other states have sports lotteries.

Ted Olson, a Washington lawyer representing New Jersey, told the court Monday that the law violates the Constitution's protection of state's rights.

It's a case that's made unlikely allies of the Trump Administration and the major sports leagues including the NFL. They contend that the federal ban is necessary to protect the integrity of their games.

Experts believe sports betting is a $150 billion per year illegal industry. "Sports betting for New Jersey is considered an economic lifeline", Wallach said. "Five percent of it is legal in Nevada".

"States and tribal sovereign nations have proven to be effective regulators of gaming and today's oral arguments before the Supreme Court moved them one giant step closer to offering a new product that Americans demand". Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked.

"The federal government is saying to the states, "You can't do something" - so that sounds to me the language of preemption", Kagan said.

And Congress failed to do that when it passed a 1992 law, the state maintained. Congress said "we want to put the burden and the expense and the accountability on the states".

"This is telling the states what to do", said Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

Lower courts have not been almost so supportive of the argument. New Jersey voters approved a measure to legalize sports betting in 2011, but professional sports leagues and the NCAA challenged the law. Christie signed a law authorizing it and dared the federal government to "try to stop us".

Stohr said the justices could rule narrowly and allow betting to go forward in New Jersey or they could strike down the federal law entirely.

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