Because of the contraction in the 2012 ruling and the 2014 ruling, the Third Circuit has agreed to rehear the case, en banc, which means all of the judges will participate in the rehearing, as opposed to a standard three judge appellate panel. The decision to hold a rehearing is significant for a couple of reasons, namely (a) it is extremely rare for a federal appeals court to grant a rehearing; (b) it vacates the original three-judge panel ruling; and (c) it’s arguable they would not have granted rehearing if they were going to hold up the original panel’s decision — all of which could be considered good news for New Jersey. … [Read more...] about New Jersey Lawsuit Could Make Sports Betting Legal Across the Country
States where sports betting is legal
Currently only Nevada offers legalized betting on sports, but New Jersey officials insisted the federal government could not force them to enforce a congressional ban on wagering on professional and college sports. When Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 1992, it did not say federal agents would police sports betting. Instead, it said states may not “sponsor” or “authorize” such gaming. … [Read more...] about Supreme Court opens the door for legalized sports betting nationwide
The law was challenged by New Jersey, which sought to provide new revenue streams to the ailing Atlantic City casino industry. Then Gov. Chris Christie argued the ban violated the Tenth Amendment, which the Supreme Court has said prohibits federal laws that compel states to carry out federal dictates. … [Read more...] about US Supreme Court Sides With New Jersey in Striking Down Federal Sports Betting Law
The 1992 law at issue in the case bars state-authorized sports gambling with exceptions for Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Delaware, states that had approved some form of sports wagering before the law took effect. Nevada is the only state where a person can wager on the results of a single game, though the law doesn't cover wagering between friends. The law also doesn't cover animal races, such as horse racing, which many states already allow. … [Read more...] about Supreme Court overturns federal ban on sports betting
NEW JERSEYThe Garden State spent years fighting the sports betting ban in court, culminating in its victory on Monday. The legislature has twice passed laws legalizing sports betting, and operators of the Monmouth Park horse racing track said Monday they'd start taking bets within two weeks "unless someone stops us." The track has the capability of taking bets almost immediately, but lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy would prefer to pass a bill to regulate sports betting before any sports books open. Deputy Assembly Speaker John Burzichelli said it will probably be several weeks before a revised bill is enacted. … [Read more...] about Legal sports betting is coming soon to several US states, but which ones?