US Supreme Court Delays Ruling on New Jersey Sports Betting Case

January 22, 2017 / by: Gray Peterson

United States Supreme Court on Tuesday failed to deliver a verdict in the case filed by the state of New Jersey Challenging the federal ban on sports betting. The court delayed the ruling and invited the solicitor general to table a brief. This means that the decisions would take several months to be made.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court was supposed to hear several cases and many people anticipated that the spot betting case filed by New Jersey would be among those to be announced. New Jersey is challenging the federal law of 1992, which prohibits sports betting in all other states except the state of Nevada and other three states. Lawyers representing the state have submitted briefs which point to the fact that the law is violating the constitution by preventing states to repeal their laws. New Jersey efforts have been supported by several other states including Arizona, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Mississippi.

Now that a new solicitor is not yet appointed by the incoming president, Donald Trump, it will take time before the brief requested by the Court is filed. Trump has in the past said that he would not be against sports betting since it is something that is happening in other parts of the world. However, the incoming president is yet to take a firm stance on iGaming in the US.

Residents of New Jersey voted for the legalization of sports betting back in 2011, and the state passed a law that would see racetracks and casinos, provide sports bets in 2012. It is the enactment of this new law that made professional leagues such as NCAA seek legal help to block its implementation. A US federal judge and a federal appeals court ruled against the state forcing them to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

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