|Presently, all but four states (DE, NV, OR, MT) are prohibited from offering sports-betting. When the federal government PASPA Act was passed in 1992 prohibiting sports betting in the U.S., these four states already offered sports betting and so their right to continue to offer sports-betting was “grand-fathered” in. Now, other states like New Jersey are suing for the right to offer sports-betting. Major sports franchises are fighting to preserve the prohibition of sports betting
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s efforts to offer legal sports gambling are being put to the test in federal court.
Attorneys for the state and the U.S. Department of Justice are arguing Thursday in Trenton over whether a federal law restricting sports betting to four states is unconstitutional.
The four major pro sports leagues, the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, and the NCAA sued last year after Gov. Chris Christie signed a sports wagering law and announced his intentions of awarding gambling licenses this year.
The law would allow sports wagering at Atlantic City casinos and the state’s horse racing tracks. It would exempt games involving New Jersey colleges or college games played in the state.
The federal law allows sports gambling in Nevada and in three other states that already offer limited forms of betting.