The Battle Over Online Sports Betting Heats Up

Published Sunday, June 09, 2013 -
The Battle Over Online Sports Betting Heats Up

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 is also known as the "Bradley Act," and it attempts to define the legal status of sports betting throughout the United States. This act effectively outlawed sports betting nationwide, excluding a few states.

New Jersey however failed back in 1993 to take advantage of the opportunity to carve out an exception for itself as the act provided a one year window for states that operated licensed casino gaming for the previous ten-year period to pass laws permitting sports wagering.

Recently the deadline passed for the National Football League, three other pro sports leagues, the NCAA and the US Department of Justice to respond to New Jersey’s bid to overturn the federal sports betting prohibition as stated in the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.

New Jersey recently legalized sports betting and the leagues and the Department of Justice successfully sued to stop New Jersey, who are appealing the defeat. The seventy one page document is a familiar litany of arguments that points to the New Jersey defense as hypocritical because they say they are being treated unfairly by the act which allows other states to bet on sports. New Jersey was given the opportunity to change the act back when it was created and they did not take advantage of it then.

The idea that sports betting has changed and it is too large to be contained within Nevada’s borders offered big debate at last month’s International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking in Las Vegas. Whoever wins or loses in this legal decision will have the opportunity to go to the Supreme Court and offer their arguments once again.

Chad Millman, editor of ESPN the Magazine, commented that if the argument goes to the Supreme Court it would have, “a huge impact over the next few years in the way that we’re having a conversation about sports betting.”

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