U.S. Supreme Court to hear New Jersey sports betting appeal

On 27 June 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that it would hear the appeal currently before it, arising from the desire of the State of New Jersey to authorise legal sports betting within its borders. This was the central theme of David Clifton’s main IAGA International Gaming Summit panel session “Sports Betting: Time to Play the Trump Card?”.

This decision by the U.S. Supreme Court has clearly been welcomed by the American Gaming Association: “We are pleased the Supreme Court appears to have responded favourably to our arguments as to why they should hear this case. And we are hopeful their engagement will provide further encouragement for Congress to take the steps necessary to create a regulated sports betting marketplace in the United States”.

Professor I. Nelson Rose, a leading expert on American gambling law, has published on his Gambling and the Law® website a very interesting commentary on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case, which he has kindly given us permission to post on our website. It can be downloaded below.

UPDATE: On 14 May 2018, the US Supreme Court delivered a 6-3 ruling in which it determined that the federal ban on sports betting as established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) is unconstitutional – see our report on this here