Today in Vegas Seven I talk a little bit about what might come after the broader legalization of sports betting in the United States:
The case stems from New Jersey’s attempts to legalize sports betting, in contravention of PASPA, a 1992 law that banned new states from legalizing sports betting. Although New Jersey had a chance to authorize legal betting before PASPA took effect, the state punted. In 2012, its legislature legalized sports betting, which was struck down by federal courts. Like a Bruce Springsteen song, the state did not give up, and that effort has brought us to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s suit seeking to overturn PASPA.
As a non-lawyer, I won’t attempt to handicap Christie’s chance of prevailing here. Instead, as a historian, I’ll consider what happens next, whatever the court decides.
I got a few calls last week on the topic, and after spending some time talking it over, thought I would post my thoughts for a wider audience.