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Today the United States Supreme Court revealed that they will hear the state of New Jersey's appeal related to legalizing sportsbetting within their borders, possibly opening the door to legalizing sportsbetting throughout the country.
The decision was made by the court on Tuesday, and acknowledges the two petitions but forth against lower court rulings that went against the activity. One petition was put forth by the state of New Jersey itself, while the other came from the thoroughbred racehorse owner's association in the state. The case is scheduled to be heard by the court in October, with a one hour of oral arguments allowed. A decision will come sometime afterward, likely being put forth in 2018.
Voters in New Jersey voted to approve of sportsbetting within their borders, and Governor Chris Christie signed the bill into law. Just as the state was about to implement the activity they were sued by the federal government as well as professional sports leagues, who contended that the law violates the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which prohibits sportsbetting in all but a handful of states.
New Jersey is contending that PASPA is unconstitutional, as it provides unequal rights to certain states. PASPA was signed into law in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush and prohibits sportsbetting in all states except Nevada, Montana, Oregon, and Delaware. The Garden State is backed up with support from several other states, whose Attorney Generals have penned letters in support of New Jersey's law.
This story will be perhaps the largest gambling related issue in the United States throughout 2017 and 2018, and Casino Listings will update this story as we learn more.