New Jersey will get to plead their case as to why they should be allowed to offer legal gambling in college and professional sports at racetracks and casinos in front of the Supreme Court. Even though state voters allowed such gambling to take place in 2011, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protections Act of 1992 (PASPA) does not allow New Jersey to offer such gambling.
“I’m thrilled that we got certiorari at the Supreme Court. Very few cases get granted certiorari by the Supreme Court, so I’m very optimistic and looking forward to having conversations later today with Ted Olson, who represents us on the Supreme Court,” said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. “I’m feeling pretty good; he’s got a .750 winning percentage in the Supreme Court, so I feel pretty good having Ted Olson represent us.
“If the Supreme Court goes the other way I don’t know what our options are, but we’ll have to make that evaluation at the time. But the fact that the Supreme Court granted certiorari in this case is a very good sign for sports betting having a future in New Jersey. I’m encouraged by it. We’re not declaring victory, but at least we’re in the game, and that’s what we want to be.”
Only four states, with Nevada being the most prominent, can offer in-state gambling on pro and college sports. The American Gaming Association believes $150 billion is wagering illegally and unregulated thanks to the PASPA legislation.