Federal casino industry officials recently began a campaign to legalize sports betting, which New Jersey has been advocating for years. A 1992 law allows wagering on sports teams illegal in all but four states, which include Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon. The newly formed American Sports Betting Coalition is attempting to effect this law’s repeal.
If the American Sports Betting Coalition succeeds, the federal government will allow each state to determine its own position on sports betting. If a state were to allow sports betting, it would also need to determine how to tax and regulate the activity. The American Gaming Association is part of this coalition, and they are requesting that the federal government step aside and allow the sports betting that fans clamor for.
The Coalition is led by the casino trade group, and it includes the American Gaming Association, elected representatives, and law enforcement officials. Additionally, it lists many distinguished orders and associations in support of its goals, including the Fraternal Order of Police, the Major County Sheriffs Association, and the National Conference of State Legislatures – among others.
Sports Betting and the Supreme Court
This recent effort to make sports betting a state decision is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court has not yet announced whether it will take the case, however. As the troubled casinos in Atlantic City continue to falter, New Jersey hopes to re-energize these casinos with an influx of sports betting, which makes the issue an important one for the state.
Although sports betting is only legal in four states, that does not stop people from engaging in the activity. In fact, the gaming association estimates that American’s placed more than $10 billion in bets during March Madness this year – and only 3 percent of those bets were placed legally. Sports betting is happening, whether legal or not, and the Coalition is touting this fact in hopes of furthering its cause. The Coalition also points out that legalizing sports betting will create jobs, boost the economy, and create tax revenue.
As it stands, however, sports betting is illegal gambling in New Jersey and is, thus, a criminal offense. If you’ve been charged with illegal gambling, don’t leave your case to chance, retain an experienced New Jersey lawyer.
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