New Jersey sports betting case could be heard by US Supreme Court

An appeal to legalize sports betting in New Jersey is on the list of cases under consideration to be heard by the United States Supreme Court.



New Jersey passed a law several years ago attempting a partial repeal of a ban on sports betting, but the NFL and other professional sports leagues successfully challenged the legality of the law. It has been illegal to gamble on sports in New Jersey ever since.



Bettors at Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport tell News 12 New Jersey that they hope the high court takes the case and legalizes sports betting.



"We need it in New Jersey," says Tony DePietro. "This place is going to go down if we don't get some help, Monmouth Park and all of gambling in New Jersey."



Some estimate that illegal sports gambling is a $150 billion market. New Jersey could get a piece of that money in tax revenues.



"The bookies have been doing it for years," says Bob Zani. "Why should they get the money?"



The bettors say that sports betting will also help get bigger purses and better horse races at Monmouth Park.



It is not certain that the Supreme Court will hear the case because it is among more than 130 other cases. Only about 1 percent of cases make it before the court.


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