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Supreme Court to Decide If More States Can Legalize Sports Betting

Professional sports leagues and amateur associations say the law prevents the corrupting influence of organized crime in athletics

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    In this Nov. 30, 2017, photo, a man sits at a cubicle watching a simulcast horse race at the Monmouth Park racetrack in West Long Branch, N.J. With banks of TVs tuned to all-sports stations and a spacious bar, the lounge a the racetrack is a sports gamblers’ paradise-in-waiting. All that’s standing in its way: A 25-year-old federal law that bars betting on sports in most states. The high court is weighing On Dec. 4, whether a federal law that prevents states from authorizing sports betting is constitutional. If the Supreme Court strikes down the law, giving sports betting the go-ahead, dozens of states could quickly make sports betting legal.

    Nevada's decades-long monopoly on legal sports betting could be broken by the U.S. Supreme Court, depending on the outcome of a case to be argued Monday, NBC News reported. 

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, backed by 18 other states, is asking the justices to strike down a federal law that prevents the state from allowing gambling on sports. Some see it as an important test of states' rights, while others are simply eager to reap the tax revenue that would come from legal sports wagering.

    They are challenging a 1992 law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which prevents states from allowing any sports gambling schemes. It's unusual because it does not ban sports gambling nationwide as a matter of federal law. Instead, the act says states cannot permit it.

    Professional sports leagues and amateur associations say the law prevents the corrupting influence of organized crime in athletics — they're urging the court to uphold it.

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