December 01, 2017

Supreme Court to hear N.J. sports betting arguments Monday: New Jersey's law to permit betting on sporting events, passed by voters in 2011, will get its hour before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

posted by jjzucal to other at 07:20 PM - 4 comments

I thought we'd have legal sports betting across the U.S. by now. Government can make no moral or ethical argument against it when it runs state lotteries. Unlike a lottery, a sports bet gives you an actual, credible change of winning.

posted by rcade at 09:20 AM on December 02

To rcade's point: the state of North Carolina outlawed electronic poker machines, electronic bingo machines, all of that type of stuff that was so pervasive in the more rural areas of the state. Gas stations, bars, you name it, they had those electronic gaming machines in a corner of the building. The state outlawed them and made a thorough sweep across the state, confiscating those machines. Well, guess what the state just started up. Electronic keno machines! And they'll probably end up in the same places that those poker and bingo machines lived. HA! Great googly moogly

posted by NoMich at 10:34 AM on December 02

I was among those who voted against the referendum, not because of the betting, but because of the limitations on where bets could be placed. While betting parlors/offices and online betting are standard in many countries, New Jersey would limit betting sites to the racetracks and casinos, presumably to attract business to each.

Here's more background on the law and history.

posted by jjzucal at 04:42 PM on December 03

According to many media outlets, it appears the justices may be inclined to overturn the federal ban.

posted by jjzucal at 05:17 PM on December 04

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