The United States Supreme Court gave New Jersey the green light to offer sports betting at state casinos and racetracks, ending the 25+ year run of PASPA, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which limited sports betting to Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana.
Nevada was the largest beneficiary under its PASPA exemption and offered unrestricted wagers on all games, whereas Delaware offers limited parlay card style wagering.
It is expected that as many as 25 other states will seek to soon begin accepting sports bets now that the nation's highest court has ruled. It was dogged fight for New Jersey in lower courts, but State Senator Raymond Lesniak and others long believed the case was headed for the Supreme Court.
NJ Governor Chris Christie signed sports betting legislation following a voter's referendum in 2011. The major US sports leagues in conjunction with the NCAA blocked NJ at every turn, peppering the state with legal motions and arguing that sports betting in the Garden State would threaten the sanctity of their games. The position held by the states became all the more dubious as many of the leagues inked partnerships or advertising deals with fantasy betting companies.
"The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," said the Supreme Court. Read the full decision of the Court.
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