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From Prohibition to Legalization: New Jersey’s Battle for Sports Betting and the Impact of Las Vegas

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Feb 12, 2024
The increasing relationship between professional sports and the sports betting industry

Andrew Brandt discussed the long and arduous battle that the state of New Jersey faced in its quest to legalize sports betting. For over seven years, New Jersey fought against a law from 1992 that prohibited states from implementing sports betting. The leagues, including the NFL, joined in the fight, spending millions of dollars in legal fees to challenge New Jersey’s efforts.

Finally, on May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey, allowing states to implement sports betting. This decision did not directly legalize sports betting but opened the door for it to become more accessible to people in many states. As of today, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting, transforming the landscape of this popular form of gambling.

The discussion also delved into the allure of Las Vegas. Traditionally known as a city with everything but sports, Vegas has undergone a significant shift with the arrival of sports teams such as the NHL, WNBA and NFL franchises. This has changed the dynamics of the city and called into question the moral high ground that was once associated with it when it came to sports betting.

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