Andrew Brandt delved into the long-fought battle that the state of New Jersey faced in its quest to legalize sports betting. For nearly seven years, the state tried to challenge a law from 1992 that prohibited states from implementing sports betting. The leagues, including the NFL, fought the move in court and spent millions of dollars in legal fees.
However, on May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey, paving the way for states to implement sports betting. While this decision didn’t outright legalize sports betting, it opened up a new avenue for states to do so. Today, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting, making it more accessible to people in a majority of states.
The discussion also touched on Las Vegas’s shift as a city known for everything but sports. With the arrival of sports teams such as the NHL, WNBA, and NFL franchises, Las Vegas has seen a change in dynamics. However, this move called into question the moral high ground of the NFL when they decided to place a franchise in Las Vegas despite its previous stance on sports betting.