The increasing relationship between professional sports and the sports betting industry

Andrew Brandt, a journalist, recently discussed the long and hard-fought battle that the state of New Jersey faced in order to legalize sports betting. From 1992, there was a law in place that prevented states from implementing sports betting. Despite this, New Jersey persistently challenged the law and engaged in a seven-year legal battle. The leagues, including the NFL, fought against it in court and spent millions of dollars on legal fees.

On May 14th, 2018, the Supreme Court finally ruled in favor of New Jersey. This decision opened the door for states to implement sports betting. Today, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting, making it more accessible to people across a majority of states.

Another aspect of the discussion centered around Las Vegas’ shift towards sports teams. Traditionally known as a city with everything but sports, Vegas has seen an influx of NHL, WNBA, and NFL franchises change its dynamics entirely. The moral high ground of the NFL was called into question when they decided to place a franchise in Las Vegas despite their previous stance on sports betting.

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