The state of New Jersey went through a long battle to implement sports betting, challenging a law from 1992 that prohibited states from doing so. The legal battle lasted seven years, with the leagues, including the NFL, fighting against it in court and spending millions of dollars in legal fees. However, on May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey, allowing states to implement sports betting. This decision didn’t directly legalize sports betting but opened the door for it.
As of today, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting. This has changed the landscape of sports betting and made it more accessible to people in a majority of states. One 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 such as NHL franchises and NFL teams.
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. This decision shows how far we’ve come since 1992 when New Jersey first began challenging this law. Today, sports betting is not only legal but also widely accepted across many states.