The outcome of the New Jersey Sports Betting Supreme Court Case
Update May 2018: New Jersey won the SCOTUS case against the major sports leagues. As a result, PASPA was struck down and states became able to enact their own sports betting legislation. Despite being the crusading state in the fight against PASPA, New Jersey still had some legislative kinks to work out before local establishments could begin offering betting options. Delaware became the first state in the post-PASPA era to have legal regulated betting, but New Jersey’s industry launched shortly thereafter. NJ Governor Phil Murphy signed A-4111 into law on June 11, 2018.
A-4111 permits NJ casinos and racetracks to accept in-person wagers. It also permits the same establishments to apply for the rights to host online and mobile betting. The only sports not featured for wagering are collegiate sports featuring New Jersey teams (or being contested within the state), high school sports, and eSports competitions—the rest is all fair game. Any person closely associated with a sport in a professional capacity may not bet on their own sporting category. For example, Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Houston Rockets and the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, cannot wager on NBA basketball. His casino property does not feature NBA lines as a result.
All casinos pay 8.5% of their revenue back to the state on land-based wagers and 13% on online/mobile bets. There is no mention of integrity fees anywhere in the NJ sports betting law. This means the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and NCAA will not see a dime from NJ betting revenue.
NJ Gambling Resources
Here we have listed some helpful resources for players who have additional questions, require additional information, or who are in need of support for problems they experience concerning their online gambling.
- New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
- State of New Jersey Casino Control Commission
- Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey
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