Andrew Brandt discussed the long and arduous battle that the state of New Jersey faced in their attempt to legalize sports betting. For seven years, they fought against a law from 1992 that prohibited states from implementing sports betting, with leagues, including the NFL, opposing them in court and spending millions on legal fees. Finally, on May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey, allowing states to implement sports betting.
This decision did not directly legalize sports betting but instead opened the door for it to occur. Today, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting. This has greatly changed the landscape of sports betting by making it more accessible to people in a majority of states.
Another aspect of this discussion was Las Vegas’ shift towards becoming more than just a city known for its entertainment and gambling. The arrival of sports teams such as the NHL, WNBA and NFL franchises has changed the dynamics of the city. However, this moral high ground was called into question when the NFL decided to place a franchise in Las Vegas despite its previous stance on sports betting.