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New Jersey Sports Betting Updates
It’s official. Legal sports betting sites are coming to New Jersey after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of New Jersey in Murphy v NCAA (previously Christie v NCAA). The court ruled that PASPA (the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act), signed into law in 1992, was unconstitutional because it violated the anti-commandeering principle of the 10th Amendment. With the decision, New Jersey can now join Nevada in offering sports wagering to its residents.
What exactly is PASPA?
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush signed PASPA into law. It went into effect in January 1993. At the time, only Nevada offered state-sponsored sports betting. Three other states, including Oregon, Delaware, and Montana, offered more limited betting options. These states were grandfathered in, meaning they could continue to offer sports betting in the format they had offered before PASPA was passed.
To clarify, PASPA didn’t actually outlaw sports betting. Instead, it banned states from regulating and taxing sports betting, excluding the states that had been grandfathered.
How exactly did we get here?
It’s been a long road. Sports betting goes back decades, but the New Jersey case goes back a few years. Here’s a quick timeline to get you up to speed:
- November 2011: New Jersey voters support a referendum to legalize sports betting in the Garden State.
- January 2012: Governor Chris Christie signs legislation to legalize sports betting at New Jersey casinos and racetracks.
- August 2012: Major sports leagues including the NCAA, NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB sue New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over the legislation to legalize sports betting.
- December 2012: For the first time ever, the sports betting marketing in Nevada heads north of the $3 billion mark in handle for the year.
- June 2014: The Supreme Court says no to hearing New Jersey’s first appeal in its effort to legalize sports betting.
- October 2014: Christie signs new legislation attempting to legalize sports betting.
- October 2014: The same leagues once again sue Christie.
- November 2014: The NBA seems to change its tune, with its commissioner, Adam Silver, writing an op-ed piece in The New York Times calling on the government to create a federal sports betting framework.
- June 2017: The Supreme Court agrees to hear the State of New Jersey’s latest attempt to legalize sports betting in the Garden State.
- December 2017: The Supreme Court hears opinions on the case.
- May 14, 2018: The Supreme Court of the United States rules in favor of New Jersey, striking down PASPA. In its ruling, the court writes:
“Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not."
Can I bet on sports in New Jersey right now?
Not yet, but it’s a good news story for sports fans in the Garden State. While you can’t yet bet on real, single-game sporting events in the New Jersey until the casinos launch their sportsbooks, rest assured that it’s coming.
Remember, this whole case went to the Supreme Court because New Jersey wanted to offer sports betting in the state. And prior to a decision being made by the Supreme Court, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement told potential sports betting license holders to be ready when the gavel drops.
When will I be able to bet on sports in Atlantic City?
It takes time for the casinos to get their sports betting operations up and running, but many Atlantic City casinos will have their sportsbooks live this summer — and definitely in time for the 2018 NFL season, which is a major attraction for sports fans.
Will I be able to bet on sports online?
That’s the plan. Under current law, any casino in Atlantic City that has an iGaming license and is authorized to offer a game can offer the same game on their iGaming site. Most likely, you’ll see the land-based sportsbooks open first, followed by their online counterparts.
What type of things will I be able to bet on?
While nothing has been officially ironed out, you should expect many of the same types of betting formats available in Las Vegas, including money lines, point spreads, over/unders, props, parlays, and more. Sporting events will most likely include that of professional and college sport leagues.
Is sports betting entirely new to New Jersey?
While the concept of legal sports betting is new to sports fans in New Jersey, winning along with your picks is not. For the past year, players in New Jersey have been able to legally play fantasy sports at regulated sites like FastPick.com.
With FastPick, sports fans can pick between three and 10 player-vs-player matchups and predict which players will earn more points. The players in each matchup are not on the same team, nor do they play against each other for that particular pick.
FastPick is available as a standalone product at FastPick.com and is also integrated into the ResortsCasino.com website.
What’s more, at ResortsCasino.com, for example, you can bet on the outcome of Virtual Sports. Events like soccer matches, car races, horseraces, and motorcycle races happen every four minutes or so. Participants can bet on the winner of the event and other things like trifectas, depending on the event.
Where can I learn more about NJ sports betting?
We’ll be posting updates as they’re available, right here on the ResortsCasino.com blog. If you’ve already signed up to play at ResortsCasino.com and you’re subscribed to receive emails, you’ll also receive information in your inbox. Stay tuned.