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New Jersey Gets its Day in (Supreme) Court

The state of New Jersey finally got it's day in court, as the state had its sportsbetting legalization case heard in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court in the country.

New Jersey is fighting to have its sportsbetting law validated by the Supreme Court after having suffered numerous defeats in the federal system. The Garden State was sued by the NCAA as well as other sports leagues and the federal government itself in an effort to outlaw sportsbetting legalization that voters in New Jersey passed at the ballots. The sports leagues contend that legalized sportsbetting will harm the integrity of their systems, and the feds claim the law is in violation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

The conservative justices in the court seemed to be more open to siding with New Jersey, with questions related to whether the federal government can force states to regulate sports betting for them. That argument would be that the federal government was commandeering, which in the past has been ruled to be unconstitutional. Justices Sotomayor and Kagan were dismissive of that argument, but Justice Kennedy, Justice Breyer, and Chief Justice John Roberts seemed more sympathetic to that argument.

There were undoubtedly tough questions on both sides, and it will be interesting to see how the case plays out. One study claimed that more than 30 states could quickly legalize sportsbetting if the Supreme Court rules in New Jersey's favor, bringing billions of dollars into the individual states. A ruling on the case is due sometime in the first half of 2018.

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4 December 2017 - 7:08pm

I really hope this gets turned around in New Jersey's favor. I don't understand why only a handful of states get the right to do something when others can't. Doesn't seem right.

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5 December 2017 - 5:34am

As an outsider I find it hard to understand the intersection of American politics, states rights, and the law. I agree it seems odd that you can bet on sports in Nevada but allowing another state to do it will somehow compromise the integrity of sports. Surely that horse has already bolted?

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5 December 2017 - 1:46pm

Yeah, I agree. Las Vegas just got a pro hockey team and they're getting an NFL franchise in a few years when the Raiders relocate. I think it will be interesting to see how this goes down. I'm no legal scholar, but I believe the fact that one state gets to have a right that others don't is unconstitutional. Here's hoping it goes down.

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9 December 2017 - 11:02pm

Will be interesting how this all is going to end, maybe every state should decide for itself trough ballot or something whether sportsbetting should be legalized or not, seems the more democratic way to me anyway.
Fantasy Leagues is the natural substitute for sports-betting right now as far as I know,as the players in most of the states don't have other choice but that would probably going to change?

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