Casinos Are Legalizing Sports Betting

Casinos Are Legalizing Sports BettingOfficials in the casino industry have turned heads in the sports gambling world after launching a new campaign to legalize and regulate the activity, which New Jersey has been attempting to do for years now.

This came after the American Sports Betting Coalition announced that it is making an attempt to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992. PASPA is a federal law that disallows sports gambling in the United States, which exemptions in Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon. The AGA’s goal is to make it so that states can regulate their own sports betting laws and decide how they want to tax the activity.

Geoff Freeman, the president and chief executive of the AGA had this to say on the matter: "We are partnering with local and state elected officials, law enforcement and other diverse interests to tell Washington to get out of the way…Regulated sports betting is what fans want and sports integrity demands."

The AGA’s Coalition

The coalition they put together is made up of law enforcement and other elected officials and representatives. Some notable groups that are in support of their cause include the Fraternal Order of Police, Major County Sheriffs Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, National District Attorneys Association, and U.S. Conference Mayors.

New Jersey Sports Betting Update

New Jersey has been trying to legalize sports betting for a while now and one way they thought to do it is to implement sports betting opportunities in their casinos and racetracks to help out the depleting popularity of Atlantic City.

They did get some unfortunate news after the U.S. Solicitor General suggested that the Supreme Court not take their case but only time will tell as they prepare for their hearing with the Supreme Court. The last time they tried to push a sports bill, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals back in August of 2016.

That being said, lawmakers are working their hardest to progress the state and the sports betting industry and Representatives Frank Pallone Jr. and Frank LoBiondo of the 6th and 2nd district respectively have recently introduced legislation to allow betting on sports. Stay tuned to for what’s next in this ever changing fight.