Supreme Court to Hear New Jersey Sports Gambling Legalization Case

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 02:  The betting line and some of the nearly 400 proposition bets for Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos are displayed at the Race & Sports SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on February 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The newly renovated sports book has the world's largest indoor LED video wall with 4,488 square feet of HD video screens measuring 240 feet wide and 20 feet tall.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Andrew Brandt of The MMQB reported Tuesday that the United States Supreme Court will hear the case on legalizing sports betting in New Jersey.

Brandt added that every major sports league is fighting against making sports betting legal in the state.

Per's David Purdum, the Supreme Court agreeing to hear the case was not an expected result.

New Jersey has attempted to get sports gambling legalized in the state for several years, and Gov. Chris Christie was sued by the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB in both 2012 and 2014 due to his efforts, according to Purdum.

Experts told Purdum they expect the case to be heard in winter, with a decision likely coming in spring or summer 2018. The case will involve the Supreme Court examining the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which is the basis of sports betting being illegal in most states.

In 2016, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked Christie's 2014 legalization of sports betting in New Jersey due to the notion that it would have violated PASPA, per the Associated Press (h/t Fox Sports).

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