Justices to review New Jersey bid for legal sports betting

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The Supreme Court will take up New Jersey's bid to allow sports betting at its casinos and racetracks.

One of the cert petitions argues that the federal law amounts to a "federal takeover of New Jersey's legislative apparatus" that is "dramatic, unprecedented, and in direct conflict with this court's 10th Amendment jurisprudence barring Congress from controlling how the states regulate private parties". New Jersey argues that the federal law infringes upon state sovereignty as laid out in the U.S. Constitution.

I live just a few miles from legal sports gambling in Nevada, so sometimes it's hard to fathom that there are vast tracks of American soil in which it's not allowed to place a few sawbucks on the Packers to win the Super Bowl.

The case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, asks the high court to balance the religious rights of the baker against the couple's right to equal treatment under the law. Briefs are scheduled to be filed in August. At issue is the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), which bans sports gambling in all but a handful of states.

"We stand ready to take advantage of an opening up of the sports betting market in other states", Bowcock said. New Jersey passed the second law in 2014, and a lower courts struck it down a year ago. A lower court struck down the first law, and the Supreme Court declined to review that case.

Speaking on a sports radio show this month, Christie criticized the federal government for restricting sports betting while simultaneously allowing states to legalize recreational marijuana even though it's illegal under federal law.

Wall said that New Jersey's efforts to get around the federal ban on sports betting by repealing state laws and allowing such wagering to proceed without regulation "is no different than a positive enactment authorizing such gambling".

Confirmation that the court will hear Christie's appeal comes despite officials in the Trump administration previously urging justices not to hear the case. Sports law attorney Daniel Wallach wrote the timeline for Legal Sports Report.

"I'm very optimistic and looking forward to having conversations later today with Ted Olson who represents us on the Supreme Court", the governor said.

"This case isn't about cakes - it's about people being turned away from a business simply because of who they are", said James Esseks, head of the LGBT & HIV Project for the ACLU, according to BuzzFeed News.

The groups cited research that showed legalizing sports betting in the US could support more than 150,000 jobs.

"The citizens of New Jersey overwhelmingly support legalized sports betting and acted in a referendum to show that support", Pallone said in a statement.

In the event that the SCOTUS rules in favor of New Jersey, that would be the rock that broke the beaver's dam.

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