This week casino gambling lobbying group the American Gaming Association announced that it will be backing the state of New Jersey in its appeal to the US Supreme Court to legalize sportsbetting within its boundaries.
The AGA revealed that they are in supports of repealing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which only allows for sportsbets to be taken in a few states. The group filed a legal brief backing that position, which claimed that the PASPA law is a failed law, and presents questions about the sovereignty of states and their own ability to fight crime within their own borders.
It has been revealed through several polls this year that a growing number of Americans support legalizing sportsbetting, and many state Attorney Generals have echoed that sentiment, with five states voicing solidarity with New Jersey as it tries to get approval to offer sportsbetting within its borders.
New Jersey voters passed a measure that would allow for sportsbetting to be legalized and regulated within their borders a few years back. The law was put into place by Governor Chris Christie, and was about to be implemented when a variety of major sports leagues sued to stop betting from taking place. In all court verdicts since, the Garden State has been handed defeats, and its sole shot remaining is to be heard in front of the highest court in the country.
Casino Listings has been keeping up on the news and will continue to publish stories relating to the push for legalized sportsbetting in the United States.