Sports Betting Battle Begins in the US
Today begins what could be the final round of legal battles fought by New Jersey to legalise sports betting. The Supreme Court will start to hear arguments by both sides that could ultimately see Congress lose its control over making sports betting illegal except in Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Delaware.
New Jersey for many years now have argued that it is not the domain of Congress to decide which states can and cannot have sports betting in which estimates have illegal sports betting in the US at $150 billion a year.
In the opposite corner are the sports bodies such as the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball which have said it would damage the integrity of the games if sports betting were legal on a wider scale.
However New Jersey has the backing of over half a dozen other states and it is believed that should New Jersey win the case 32 other states would join the sports betting sector within the next five years.
Back in 1992 Congress passed the law making it illegal for states to decide their own future on sports betting but New Jersey argues that the Constitution allows Congress to make wagering on sports illegal itself but that it can’t require states to keep sports gambling prohibitions in place.
The road ahead is a long one with no decision expected till June 2018, however what is at stake is huge not just for New Jersey but for US sports betting as a whole.