A prohibition on sports betting in most of the united states could be overturned by a Supreme Court case.
The state of New Jersey is a challenge of 1992, the federal law that largely outlaw sports betting, describing the issue as a “states’ rights” issue.
The lawsuit comes after residents voted in 2011 to legalize the practice.
A group of sports leagues are opposed to betting on games, that they are afraid to encourage match-fixing.
The courts have always ruled against New Jersey, saying that it is within the federal government the power to limit state policy options.
The Supreme Court chose to hear the case, however, in the midst of a large change in American attitudes toward gambling.
Prior to 1976, Nevada home of Las Vegas was the only state with legal casino gambling outside of Native American lands.
But in recent years, states hungry for tax revenue in the wake of the financial crisis have put in place a rash of looser gambling laws, the collection of large withdrawals on the proceeds of gambling.
There are now 24 states with commercial casinos – about double the number a decade ago.
Despite the official ban, which already provides for the exemption to Nevada and three other states, it is illegal sports betting is widespread in the UNITED states.
Americans approximately $154bn in illegal sports betting annually, according to the American Gaming Association.
The president of the association, Geoff Freeman, has described the federal ban as a “total failure” at the beginning of this year.
It is said that the UNITED kingdom is an example of a country where sports betting is a common place.
“It’s time for Washington to stop deprive the states of the critical tax revenue and allow them to reap the rewards of a regulated market,” Mr Freeman said.
Most of the 15 states filed documents in support of the New Jersey in the case. A handful have already passed laws to authorize sports in the case of a change.’Times have changed’
Monday, as lawyers began arguments to the Supreme Court, some of the more conservative judges appeared skeptical of the law.
The court is expected to make a decision in June 2018.
Regardless of the court of the final order, the Congress could also take the debate in the midst of a broader discussion of online gaming and e-sports.
Even some of the professional sports leagues have started to change their positions on the issue of gambling.
Adam Silver, National Basketball Association commissioner, has supported a federal law that would create a uniform set of rules across the US. “Times have changed,” she wrote in a 2014 opinion piece.