pro sports and gambling: a happy marriage made of money!

By Teddy Brenner

May 2021 will mark the third anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court decision that essentially legalized sports betting outside of Nevada, where it has existed since 1931.

And the once sacred barrier between legal wagering and professional and collegiate sporting events was torn down only last year’

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 banned sports betting in the United States, with the exception of pari-mutuel horse racing, dog racing and jai lai.

An exemption was made for the State of Nevada, and, curiously enough, the states of Oregon, Montana, and Delaware, which at one time conducted sports lotteries.

Congress also provided a one-year window of opportunity for states which operated licensed gaming for the previous 10-year period to pass laws permitting sports wagering.

New Jersey was the obvious recipient of this grace period because of that state’s Atlantic City casino gambling industry, but the legislature never acted upon it.

Back in 2009, lawmakers in New Jersey wanted another chance, while then Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell, expressed interest to get his state back in the game.

At the same time, Frank Fahrenkopf, then president of the American Gaming Association, acknowledged to this columnist that “the NCAA, NFL, NHL, MLB, and others are very unhappy with what has happened in Delaware”.

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