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.