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Supreme Court agrees to rule on sports betting

NJ sports betting Supreme Court agrees to rule on sports betting
Ellis Copeland | 29 June, 2017, 19:17

Chris Christie and supporters in the state Legislature have tried for years to legalize sports gambling to bolster the state's casino and horse racing industries.

Ted Taylor, the president of Sportech in CT, has left no doubt that his company would seek rights to sports betting as an expansion of its exclusive right to offer pari-mutuel wagering on out-of-state horse and dog racing and jail alai. New Jersey has lost this battle every step of the way, and at one point all of the major US sports leagues wrote into the court against New Jersey's case.

New Jersey has been at this fight for years now, with legislators looking to sports betting as a way to jumpstart interest in Atlantic City's declining casinos. And as you said, surprisingly the Supreme Court chose to take the case.

Christie expressed his delight at a public event in Trenton hours after the nation's high court's decision to hear the case as soon as October was announced.

Pallone, a Democrat, teamed with Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) to introduce two bills that seek to provide changes to federal law that would allow New Jersey to legalize sports gambling.

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The top U.S. court will hear arguments on whether sports betting should be legalised in New Jersey, and by extension elsewhere in the United States, in October.

The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear New Jersey's appeal on its attempt to legalize sports betting was good news for Pennsylvania, said state Rep. Rob Matzie, who has a pending bill to legalize wagering in the state if the federal ban is lifted. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act [text] prohibits most states from operating a gambling system based on professional or college sports. In each of the four afore-mentioned states sports betting is allowed to a certain extent. Bill Bradley of New Jersey.

Last month, the Trump administration's acting solicitor general, Jeffrey B. Wall, urged the court to deny New Jersey's petition. And again, New Jersey lost in court.

"Look for the same amici filers from the "cert stage" (the five states, the AGA, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Professor Ryan Rodenberg) to file amicus briefs directed to the merits of the case".

"We are pleased the Supreme Court appears to have responded favorably to our arguments as to why they should hear this important case", Mr. Freeman said. The Court will finally make a ruling whether PASPA violates the doctrine in terms of "anti-commandeering".

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