New Jersey’s long struggle to legalize sports betting has finally come to an end, thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision. For seven years, the state tried to challenge a law from 1992 that prohibited states from implementing sports betting. The leagues, including the NFL, fought against it in court and spent millions of dollars in legal fees. But on May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey, allowing states to implement sports betting.
This decision did not directly legalize sports betting, but it opened the door for states to do so. As of today, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting, changing the landscape of sports gambling and making it more accessible to people in a majority of states.
Another aspect of the discussion was the allure of Las Vegas. Traditionally known as a city with everything but sports, Vegas has seen a shift with the arrival of sports teams. The NHL, WNBA, and NFL franchises have all made their way to Las Vegas, changing the dynamics of the city. However, the moral high ground of the NFL was called into question when they decided to place a franchise in Las Vegas despite its previous stance on sports betting.