Sacramento Update

U.S. Supreme Court to decide if states can be allowed to offer legal sports betting

Gaming officials around the country are awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether states should be allowed to offer legal sports betting.

The Supreme Court this month delayed a decision on a case brought by New Jersey that challenges a federal law that allows sports wagering only in Nevada and three other states: Delaware, Montana and Oregon.

New Jersey asserts that the law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, is unconstitutional and that it restricts states from repealing their own laws so they can offer regulated and taxed gaming.

Other states, including Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia, have joined the challenge.

Neighboring Nevada has not filed a brief in the case, and Gov. Brian Sandoval said a ruling in favor of New Jersey would help in the fight to reduce illegal gaming and would do little to hurt the Silver State’s position as a global destination for gambling and entertainment.

Nevada is the only state that was exempted from the 1992 law and allowed to offer wagering on sports contests, including football, basketball, baseball, golf and others.

The three other states were granted permission to offer limited gaming on sports, including pools.

Read the whole story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal

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