The increasing relationship between professional sports and the sports betting industry

From Prohibition to Legalization: New Jersey’s Long Journey to Sports Betting Freedom

Andrew Brandt discussed the long and contentious battle that New Jersey faced in implementing sports betting. In 1992, a law was passed that prevented states from allowing sports betting, which New Jersey fought to challenge for seven years. During this time, the leagues, including the NFL, joined in the legal battle and spent millions of dollars on legal fees. Finally, on May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey, paving the way for states to implement sports betting.

However, this decision did not directly legalize sports betting. As of today, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting. This has greatly changed the landscape of sports betting and made it more accessible to people in a majority of states. The shift towards Las Vegas was also a topic of discussion. Traditionally known as a city without sports teams, Vegas has seen a change with the arrival of franchises such as the NHL, WNBA and NFL teams.

One aspect that was discussed was how this move by the NFL called into question their moral high ground when they placed a franchise in Las Vegas despite its previous stance on sports betting. The battle for legalizing sports betting is now over and states are free to make their own decisions regarding it.

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