Supreme Court Sports Betting Case: All The Information You NeedBy Brett Smiley | Published: November 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm
New Jersey’s fight for sports betting and against the federal law PASPA is on the doorstep of the United States Supreme Court in Christie v NCAA. Since 1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act — actually spearheaded by former New Jersey senator and New York Knick Bill Bradley — has effectively banned sports betting outside Nevada.
And now for nearly a decade, New Jersey has aggressively and creatively battled the NCAA and major professional sports leagues in court as the leagues have used PASPA to block New Jersey from legalizing sports betting — to preserve the “integrity of the game.” But that argument has crumbled in light of recent events (such as daily fantasy sports and moves to Las Vegas) and PASPA is now under fire because, well, it might be an unconstitutional, 10th Amendment-based encroachment upon states’ rights; that’s New Jersey’s argument because PASPA, they argue, forces the state (or others) to maintain and enforce laws against sports betting. As opposed to the federal government actually creating laws to regulate or prohibit citizens directly.
This case has far-reaching constitutional consequences, which is why the high court took it up, and of course there’s a potential, massive sports betting industry waiting to be licensed, tax and regulated like marijuana. That’s if the high court strikes down PASPA. The sports leagues have actually warmed up to sports betting, too. SportsHandle has been covering the case closely. With oral arguments in the case on Monday, December 4, we offer a rundown of our coverage for you to get a closer look at any/all sub issue.
United States Supreme Court Sports Betting Case: All of SportsHandle’s Important Information And Coverage on Christie v NCAA
Basics and History
Legal Briefs Filed With the Supreme Court And Expert Analysis
Supreme Court: Procedure And What to Expect
Odds And Ends And Opinions
Okay I Read All of That, Now What?
Oral arguments will take place on Monday. We’ll update you from the court on how that unfolds and offer takeaways. The likely dates for the Supreme Court to issue its decision are March 5, April 2, April 30 or May 14. My bet is on April 2. Stay tuned and follow @sports_handle and @brettsmiley for updates.