Officials say PASPA provisions are “unconstitutional”

US Supreme Court to hear NJ sports betting case in December

Should the Supreme Court support New Jersey’s initial motion, state officials will be allowed to debate the implementation of a New Jersey betting bill in 2018.
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The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has set the appeal hearing for December 4. Officials will try to overturn a Department of Justice’s 2015 decision that doesn’t allow New Jersey to sanction a state-licensed sports betting bill.

The federal 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) makes it unlawful for governmental entities to sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, license or authorize betting, gambling or wagering schemes based on games played by amateur or professional athletes.

New Jersey has claimed the legislation is unconstitutional, pointing out it is against the U.S. Constitution for the federal government to usurp state rights and provide Nevada – the only state that offers legal sports betting - with the ability to run a sports betting scheme, while denying others the same opportunity.

In June, SCOTUS said it would review the Department of Justice decision.

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