No News is Good News in NJ Sports Betting Case?

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The United States Supreme Court did not address the controversial NJ sports betting case in their session today.

The nation's highest court could have decided to approve or reject hearing the case, but as it stands right now New Jerseyans in favor of legal sports betting live to fight another day.

Back in 2011 NJ residents voted overwhelmingly to bring sports betting to Atlantic City in a referendum which was later signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. Since then, there has been one legal proceeding after another when the US professional sports leagues in conjunction with the NCAA took the state to court to argue that legal sports betting threatens the sanctity of their competitions.

Meanwhile, the MLB and the NBA have since inked various partnerships and agreements with companies in the fantasy sports betting sector; fantasy enjoys a carveout or exemption from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006.

For New Jersey to be successful in its push to bring sports betting to Atlantic City, the Supreme Court would need to weigh whether the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 should still stand. As written, legal sports betting is confined to Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana, though Nevada essentially operates a monopoly on single game sports betting.

Sportsbook Review will continue to monitor the status of the NJ sports betting case.

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