In a setback to New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports betting, U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall on Wednesday recommended to the Supreme Court that it not take the case.
New Jersey has attempted to allow sports betting at casinos and racetracks. The NFL, NCAA and other major sports organizations want to prevent that from happening, and the leagues have strung together legal victories in the ongoing federal court case.
The Supreme Court will decide later this summer whether to hear New Jersey’s appeal to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which in 1992 banned sports betting in 46 states, including New Jersey. The odds are stacked against the state.
The state is expected to file a reply soon, so the saga is not over yet. And New Jersey is not giving up any aspect of the fight.
The state Assembly approved a bill this week that would legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports — including DFS sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel — in New Jersey.