The Long and Unprecedented Battle for Sports Betting Legalization in New Jersey

The increasing relationship between professional sports and the sports betting industry

Andrew Brandt discussed the long and difficult battle that New Jersey went through in order to legalize sports betting. From 1992 until 2018, there was a law in place that prevented states from implementing sports betting, which New Jersey tried to challenge. The legal battle lasted seven years, with the leagues, including the NFL, fighting it in court and spending tens of millions of dollars in legal fees.

Finally, on May 14th, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey and allowed states to implement sports betting. This decision didn’t directly legalize sports betting but opened the door for states to do so. Today, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting, making it more accessible to people in a majority of states.

Another aspect of this discussion was Las Vegas’ shift towards becoming a city known for more than just casinos. With the arrival of sports teams like the NHL WNBA and NFL franchises, Las Vegas has changed its dynamics significantly. The moral high ground of the NFL was called into question when they decided to place a franchise in Las Vegas despite their previous stance on sports betting.

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