Sports Betting in the United States: Supreme Court begins hearing Christie v. NCAA

Published 05 December 2017 By: John Wolohan

Sports Betting in the United States: Supreme Court begins hearing Christie v. NCAA

On Monday, December 4, 2017 the United States Supreme Court began hearing legal arguments in Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) concerning New Jersey’s attempt to change its laws to permit gambling on professional and college sport events in Atlantic City casinos and at the state’s horse racing tracks.

In opposing New Jersey’s new law, the NCAA, MLB, NBA, NFL, and the NHL argued the law not only violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)2 but also threaten the integrity of their sports.3

Accordingly, this article examines:

  • The case’s background and main arguments;

  • Its potential impact on sports betting in the United States.


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John Wolohan

John Wolohan

John Wolohan is an Attorney and Professor of Sports Law in the Syracuse University Sport Management program and an Adjunct Professor in the Syracuse University College of Law. In addition to being one of the lead editors of the book "Law for Recreation and Sport Managers" by Cotten and Wolohan, John has been teaching and working in the fields of doping, antitrust, gaming law, and sports media rights for over 25 years.

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