New Jersey Sports Betting Watch Is Back On In Supreme Court Next Week

Written By Dustin Gouker on March 16, 2018

For those eagerly awaiting a decision in the New Jersey sports betting case, it’s time to be prepared once again.

SCOTUS watch for sports betting

The US Supreme Court will issue opinions on both Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

Of course, we have no idea whether Christie vs. NCAA (now called Murphy vs. NCAA) will be one of the cases decided. That is the case that is all about New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports wagering.

We already told you not to hold your breath waiting for a decision. It could still come anytime between next week and the end of June.

The US Supreme Court could rule that the federal ban on single-game wagering outside of NevadaPASPA — is unconstitutional. It could also rule narrowly on New Jersey’s law — which amounts to creating an unregulated environment for sports betting — is fine under PASPA.

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Betting on March Madness?

Even if the ruling comes in a few days, it will probably be too late for people in New Jersey to bet on the NCAA tournament.

But you could almost certainly bet on March Madness in 2019 if New Jersey wins in court, however:

  • Sportsbooks would likely crop up in nearly every Atlantic City casino.
  • Wagering would also be allowed at the two racetracks in the northern part of the state, Meadowlands and Monmouth Park. The latter has said it would be up and running with wagering within a few weeks of a SCOTUS decision.
  • Online sports wagering would likely ramp up, as NJ online casinos and NJ mobile online gambling are already legal in the state.
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Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner. He has played poker recreationally for his entire adult life and has written about online poker and the online gambling industry since 2008.

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