AC Lit Again? New Jersey Rules Sports Gambling Legal
This could be huge for the economy of Atlantic City, which has been through its ups and, more recently, downs.
It could also mean that sports betting could be making its way to PA as well.
The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to override a 1992 federal law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which prohibited sports gambling outside of Nevada. The justices said that the law is unconstitutional, ruling in favor of the State of New Jersey, which originally brought the case to the Supreme Court.
So can I bet on sports in New Jersey now?
Very soon. Establishments in New Jersey have been prepared to take advantage nearly immediately, thanks to the passing of a law in 2014 which allowed sports betting at the state level. That law was the precursor to Monday's Supreme Court ruling, and it can now go into effect because of the Court's decision.
"New Jersey has long been the lead advocate in fighting this inherently unequal law," New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement, "and today's ruling will finally allow for authorized facilities in New Jersey to take the same bets that are legal in other states in our country."
"Authorized facilities" will mean casinos and race tracks in New Jersey. A call to Borgata in Atlantic City did not yield immediate answers on when sports betting might be allowed, but their horse betting facility certainly looks well-equipped to handle it in the near future. The Press of Atlantic City reports that casinos there have plans to offer "Las Vegas-style" sports betting, which is a sweet sound to anybody who's ever been to Vegas during March Madness or an NFL Sunday.Monmouth Park in Oceanport seems the most-ready to take quick action here, with the Asbury Park Press reporting that they expect to be ready to take bets by the end of the month.
When can I gamble in Pennsylvania or Delaware?
Ultimately that decision is going to be up to those states, and we have an answer from Pennsylvania already: In 2017, the General Assembly passed a bill preparing themselves for today's ruling.
"It is also the intent of the General Assembly to authorize sports wagering when Federal law is enacted or repealed or a Federal court decision is filed that permits a state to regulate sports wagering," the bill said.
Well, guess what happened today? With this legislation already effective in Pennsylvania, it could become one of the first handful of states, along with New Jersey, to take bets. -(NBC Philadelphia)