In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey on May 14, 2018, allowing states to implement sports betting. This decision didn’t directly legalize sports betting, but it opened the door for states to do so. As of today, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting.
Andrew Brandt discussed the long battle that New Jersey went through to implement sports betting. There was a law in place from 1992 that prevented states from implementing sports betting, which New Jersey continuously 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.
The arrival of sports teams in Las Vegas also played a significant role in the discussion about sports betting. Traditionally known as a city with everything but sports, Vegas has seen a shift with the arrival of NHL, WNBA and NFL franchises. The moral high ground of the NFL was called into question when they decided to place a franchise in Las Vegas despite its previous stance on sports betting.
This decision has changed the landscape of sports betting, making it more accessible to people in a majority of states.