New Jersey Eagerly Waiting For the Supreme Court Ruling
Four years ago, New Jersey legalized online casino and online poker and has since put a lot of efforts to do the same with sports betting, but so far the Garden State hasn’t been successful at it.
However, this could all change on December 4, when the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the state’s case against the
existing ban on sports betting.
The End of PASPA?
This ban was established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), adopted by Congress back in 1992, which outlaws sports betting on a federal level, exempting four states from it – Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.
New Jersey claims the ban is unconstitutional since it allows some states to offer sports betting and prohibits others from doing so.
Constitutionality aside, there’s a significant amount of money at stake. Sports betting industry is worth $5 billion a year in
Nevada only, while officials estimate more than $150 billion is wagered illegally.
If New Jersey wins this fight, it will allow other states currently affected by this ban to offer sports betting within their
Looking Forward to the Ruling
Gambling experts in the United States believe that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of legalizing sports betting in New Jersey, the outcome will be an increase in online betting around the country.
Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement David Rebuck said if the state won sports wagering, online
gaming would go to every state that adopted sports betting. He stated that as soon as sports wagering was legalized, online
gambling would follow right behind it.
This is definitely something to look forward to, although nothing will occur overnight, especially since the ruling could take
weeks or months. So, New Jersey and other states waiting for a favorable decision will have to wait a bit more.