US Supreme Court to hear sports betting appeal in December

According to the Washington Post, the US Supreme Court is set to hear all arguments against the federal block which prohibits the state from betting on sports in licensed premises (casinos & racetracks) by New Jersey officials in December.

After scheduling the date of 4th December, the Supreme Court will hear New Jersey’s appeal against the lower court siding with the 1992 ‘Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)’ mandate. In last year’s June, the Supreme Court assured that it would once more review New Jersey’s appeal for a ‘state-licensed sports betting bill’ which had been previously rejected by the Department of Justice in 2015.

Over a decade the state of New Jersey has fought to overturn federal-level PASPA provisions. The State of New Jersey hopes to bring licensed sports betting to its ailing Atlantic City casino industry. Currently, the Supreme Court will only hear the initial arguments put forward by New Jersey officials challenging PASPA provisions for ‘being unconstitutional’. If the Supreme Court upheld New Jersey’s initial motion, state officials would be allowed to debate the implementation of a New Jersey betting bill in the next year. New Jersey officials would have to convince five of the nine justices of Supreme Court’s to approve its sports bill.

In a survey carried out this September by the Washington Post and The University of Massachusetts Lowell on US sentiments with regards to sports betting it is found that for the ‘first time most Americans support wagering on professional sports’, reversing public sentiment recorded in 1993 following the implementation of PASPA laws.

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