U.S. Supreme Court Hints At Possible Support For New Jersey Sports Betting Appeal
Positive news coming out of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the New Jersey Sports Betting legal debate. After millions of dollars spent by the Garden State it seems that some of the nine justices were leaning towards sympathizing with the New Jersey stance. In a nutshell Gov. Chris Christie wanted to revive a 2014 state statute that would legalize sports betting in the state. The major sports leagues fiercely opposed the move and it was considered a threat to the integrity of competition.
Christie at the hearing was extremely upbeat after hearing some of the justices voiced their opinions. He went as far as to say that New Jersey could start offering sports bets within two weeks of the court decision. The current law which was introduced in 2014 would permit anyone over the age of 21 to place a bet on sports at any of New Jersey’s casinos or racetracks except for the betting on college team playing or based in the state.
Conservative justices John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy adopted a traditional stance that conservatives adopt which is a dislike of federal restriction on individual states. Even Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer indicated that he could take the side of New Jersey.
If New Jersey is successful in their appeal there could be over 20 other states that would legalize sports betting with the market estimated at billions of dollars. Conservative Justice Kennedy went on the mention that the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act smacks of Federalism which basically force states to carry out federal policy. A decision is not expected till at least June by which time Gov. Chris Christie will be our of office.