Solicitor General Urges Supreme Court To Reject New Jersey’s Sports Betting Appeal
The ongoing legal fight by the state of New Jersey to legalize sports betting has taken another turn for the worse.
Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall filed a brief with the Supreme Court on Wednesday in which he urged it not to hear the appeal of New Jersey in the lower court which prevented the Garden State from legalizing sports betting within its borders. The decision by the Supreme Court is expected to be made by the end of June.
Back in January the court invited the solicitor general to give his opinion which at the time was seen as a positive sign for New Jersey’s appeal. The odds are not good as the Supreme Court hears only around 1 percent of appeals but this is dramatically higher when the solicitor general’s input is sought as he represents the government in cases before the Supreme Court.
Insiders are not in agreement if this latest move is a definitive changer as this case goes down to the very issue of the Federal government’s ability to interfere in states’ decision making processes.
CEO of William Hill US, Joseph Asher is not optimistic about sports betting being allowed in New Jersey. He said,” The Supreme Court could still decide to take the case, but I think it’s less than 50-50 that it will.”
The good news for New Jersey is that several states including Mississippi, West Virginia, Arizona, Louisiana and Wisconsin have joined New Jersey’s effort to have the case heard by the Supreme Court. On the other hand they are up against the four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA who oppose New Jersey being allowed to offer sports betting.