June 27, 2017

SCOTUS will hear New Jersey sports betting case: New Jersey has attempted, since 2011, to legalize sports betting in its state. This has included a voter-approved amendment to state constitution and legal action (all rejected) to overturn a 1992 federal law. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would hear arguments on this case during the 2017-18 session.

posted by jjzucal to other at 09:42 PM - 4 comments

How much of the take will be set aside for match fixing investigation and enforcement if, as the article implies, many states in addition to NJ will legalize after a SCOTUS win.

Wonder if Vegas is taking bets on the outcome...

posted by billsaysthis at 10:56 AM on June 28

In a country where Nevada has sports betting, states runs gambling games and states band together to run interstate gambling games, there is no justifiable reason that New Jersey can't legalize sports betting.

posted by rcade at 04:27 PM on June 28

If 5 justices or more vote against, all southbound lanes of the 11th St. Bridge, S. Capitol St. Bridge, and 14th St. Bridge in DC will suddenly be closed with no prior notice or discussion on the public record.

posted by beaverboard at 05:09 PM on June 28

Latching onto Bill, what happens if multiple states permit sports betting relative to questions of contest-fixing? Would state boards conduct their own investigation if they believe one is warranted? Most countries (at least, maybe all) that permit sports betting are regulated at the national level.

Example: Chelsea -2.5 Brighton (expecting Chelsea 3-0, 4-1 win), but Brighton pulls 7-0 shocker. This likely would raise the eyes of British regulators. Switch the EPL clubs to MLS clubs of equal levels: are we to imagine that multiple state boards would look into this result. The only way I could see this work is with national regulators and staff who are highly knowledgeable at betting patterns and eyes for detecting "cheating" or "fixing."

On a side note, since I live in New Jersey: I'm 20 miles west of the Atlantic City casinos; I know they're struggling, but I don't like the idea of betting only at racetracks and casinos. It would put all sites on the east side of the state (AC, Freehold, Monmouth, East Rutherford); if one lives along the Delaware River, it's at least a 1-hour trip to place a bet. I can't see them doing online; I think the idea is to visit the sites and stay: bet on some horses race or play a few hands of poker.

posted by jjzucal at 06:39 PM on June 29

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