Andrew Brandt delved into the long-fought battle that the state of New Jersey faced in its quest to legalize sports betting. For over seven years, the state tried to challenge a law from 1992 that prohibited states from implementing sports betting. The legal battle was costly, with the leagues, including the NFL, spending tens of millions of dollars in legal fees and fighting against it in court. However, on May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey, allowing states to implement sports betting.
While this decision did not directly legalize sports betting, it opened the door for states to do so. As a result, 38 states and the District of Columbia have now legalized sports betting, making it more accessible to people in a majority of states. This shift has had a significant impact on the landscape of sports betting and has changed the way people view and engage with this form of entertainment.
Another aspect of the discussion surrounding sports betting was Las Vegas’ allure. Traditionally known as a city without much interest in sports, Vegas has undergone a transformation with the arrival of sports teams such as the NHL, WNBA, and NFL franchises. These franchises have brought new dynamics to Las Vegas and have raised questions about the moral high ground that some may have associated with professional football’s top league. Despite its previous stance on sports betting, Las Vegas’ decision to place an NFL franchise there sparked controversy and highlighted how attitudes towards gambling can change over time.