The United States Supreme Court has ruled that New Jersey's sportsbetting law may not move forward as it violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.
The rejection brings New Jersey's four year battle to legalize sportsbetting to an end, as the court ruled that lower court rulings are valid. Voters in the Garden State approved of legalized sportsbetting in a ballot initiative, which was immediately challenged by the federal government and professional sports leagues.
It is unknown what the next step, if any, remains for New Jersey, as it likely will need to find a new challenge to PAPSA, which permits sportsbetting in only a handful of states. The state can take solace in knowing that one justice did dissent, noting that Congress operated in an overreaching manner to pass the law.