US Supreme Court Decides to Hear NJ Sports Betting Case

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In a stunning one-day turnaround, the US Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear arguments related to New Jersey's fight to bring sports betting to its backyard.

Many legal pundits and industry followers expressed cautious optimism Monday after the nation's highest court declined to mention the case one way or another, while other websites likened the silence Monday to the Supreme Court "punting" on the topic.

As is standard in such announcements, no reason was provided by the court on their agreeing to hear arguments. The case is slated to be argued during October's court schedule.

SBR Forum Commentary on SCOTUS Decision
SBR Forum members were quick to react to the news.

"Doesn't make sense that some states can do it and others can't when the challenge brought by NJ is one of Federal Law. How can a Federal Law prevent one state from doing something and not another under same/similar grounds. I think NJ will likely win and industry is about to change forever," wrote infamousbaracardi, referring to the double-standard in place with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (otherwise known as PASPA).

PASPA limits sports betting across the US to Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana. The archaic federal legislation has been criticized for being out of touch with current times and the will of the people; many other first-world nations have regulated, safe, and responsible gambling legislation and oversight.

What Happens Now
The stage is set for a landmark decision; assuming the Supreme Court agrees that NJ has legal standing to allow its citizens to place bets on sporting events, other states looking to boost their local economies and create jobs likely follow suit. Nevada is the single largest beneficiary under the restrictions of PASPA and offers unfettered access to sports betting to tourists and residents alike.

It has been a long road to get to this point for New Jersey. Sportsbook Review's Natalie Van Rydstrom interviewed one of the biggest proponents of sports betting in Atlantic City, NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak, numerous times over the years as the lower courts kicked the case around like a political hot potato. October represents the fourth quarter with the game on the line and score tied.

Sportsbook Review will keep readers updated on any developments.

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