Justices to review New Jersey bid for legal sports betting


The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear arguments on whether sports betting should be legalized in New Jersey.

The court opted Monday not to hear Peruta v. California, letting stand a ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld a California law requiring a gun owner to show "good cause" in order to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun in public. Earlier this year, National Football League owners allowed the Oakland Raiders to relocate to Las Vegas, a move that New Jersey gambling advocates and industry observers saw as a "symbolic breakthrough" for the push to legalize sports betting. Though the USA professional sports leagues have opposed New Jersey in court, a number of them have shown an evolution of thought on sports gambling.

The state has twice passed laws attempting to legalize sports betting, but those efforts have been turned back in federal court multiple times. This year, they added the Raiders' planned move to Las Vegas to their litany of attacks, which have included the league's embrace of daily fantasy sports, its annual scheduling of games in London with its legal betting and the fact that they operate a fantasy game itself for fans.

In the appeal Governor Christie points to an earlier 1992 Supreme Court decision which said that the US federal government may not "commandeer" the regulatory powers of individual states, claiming that this infringes on state sovereignty, as laid out in the US Constitution.

Christie, a Republican, served as an advisor to President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race but was removed as the head of Trump's transition team after the election. New Jersey passed the second law in 2014, and a lower courts struck it down past year. Briefs are scheduled to be filed in August. About 20 percent of Americans bet on sports in the a year ago.

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The four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA sued the state after Christie signed a law in 2014 to allow sports betting. Now, the case between the two parties will be heard by the #Supreme Court to determine whether the baker acted lawfully or not. New Jersey would have to convince five of them to side with it against PASPA.

He says he feels "pretty good" having attorney Ted Olson representing the state before the court and that it's a "very good sign" the court made a decision to hear the case.

An ongoing challenge of similar requirement in the nation's capital was argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in September and awaits a ruling.

"A long time coming, today's announcement is welcome news to the citizens of New Jersey who overwhelming voted for a constitutional amendment to allow sports-betting in our state", LoBiondo said in a statement.

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