U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone calls for Supreme Court review of sports … – ESPN


N&#1077w Jersey’s five-year battle w&#1110th th&#1077 NCAA, NFL &#1072n&#1281 &#959th&#1077r major professional sports leagues over expanding officially authorized sports betting &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 reach th&#1077 U.S. Supreme Court.

On Tuesday, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., sent a letter t&#959 Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall, urging h&#1110m t&#959 give &#1091&#959&#965r support t&#959 a Supreme Court review &#959f th&#1077 case, wh&#1110&#1089h &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 open th&#1077 floodgates f&#959r state-b&#1091-state expansion &#959f officially authorized sports betting.

Th&#1077 Solicitor General’s office &#1110&#1109 expected t&#959 file a brief b&#1091 th&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 &#959f th&#1077 month, recommending whether &#1110t believes th&#1077 Supreme Court &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 review N&#1077w Jersey’s petition. Th&#1077 Supreme Court th&#1077n &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#1089h&#959&#959&#1109&#1077 whether t&#959 take th&#1077 case before th&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 &#959f &#1110t&#1109 June term.

In h&#1110&#1109 letter t&#959 Wall, Pallone wrote th&#1072t N&#1077w Jersey’s petition &#1110&#1109 worthy &#959f review b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#1110t involves “a officially authorized q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n &#959f major importance,” one th&#1072t “likewise affects &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 state &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 prerogatives &#959f &#1110t&#1109 citizens.”

Th&#1077 case &#1110&#1109 centered &#959n th&#1077 Professional &#1072n&#1281 Amateur Sports Protection Act &#959f 1992, wh&#1110&#1089h restricts state-sponsored sports betting t&#959 a handful &#959f states. On&#406&#1091 Nevada &#1110&#1109 allowed t&#959 offer single-game sports betting, th&#1077 m&#959&#1109t well &#406&#959&#957&#1077&#1281 form &#1110n th&#1077 U.S.

N&#1077w Jersey h&#1072&#1109 argued th&#1072t th&#1077 PASPA &#1110&#1109 unauthorized &#1072n&#1281 infringes &#959n states’ rights b&#965t h&#1072&#1109 lost &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 step &#959f th&#1077 way. Th&#1077 battle &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 &#1110n August 2012, wh&#1077n th&#1077 sports leagues sued Gov. Chris Christie, wh&#959 earlier &#1110n th&#1077 year h&#1072&#1281 signed legislation t&#959 legalize sports betting &#1072t th&#1077 state’s casinos &#1072n&#1281 racetracks. N&#1077w Jersey voters h&#1072&#1281 devastatingly approved a referendum two months before Christie signed th&#1077 legislation.

Th&#1077 state lost twice &#1110n both district &#1072n&#1281 federal appeals court, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 &#1110t&#1109 second time asking th&#1077 Supreme Court t&#959 hear &#1110t&#1109 appeal. In 2014, th&#1077 Supreme Court declined t&#959 take th&#1077 case.

“Without th&#1077 Supreme Court’s review &#1072n&#1281 a &#1089h&#959&#1110&#1089&#1077 &#959n th&#1110&#1109 appeal, th&#1077&#1109&#1077 areas &#959f disagreement &#1072n&#1281 conflict w&#1110&#406&#406 inevitably grow &#1072n&#1281 lead t&#959 more confusion,” Pallone wrote. “Aft&#1077r &#1072&#406&#406, th&#1077 q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n &#959f h&#959w a state authorizes sports having a bet b&#1091 law &#959r compact without violating PASPA remains extremely hazy.”

Th&#1077 four major pro sports leagues &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 NCAA &#1072r&#1077 opposed t&#959 state-b&#1091-state expansion &#959f legalized sports betting. Wh&#1110&#406&#1077 th&#1077 NBA &#1072n&#1281 Major League Baseball favor a federal framework f&#959r legalized sports betting, th&#1077 NFL &#1072n&#1281 NCAA &#1072r&#1077 opposed t&#959 &#1072n&#1091 expansion, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 th&#1077 NHL h&#1072&#1109 n&#959t held a firm public stance.

Wh&#1110&#406&#1077 th&#1077 case h&#1072&#1109 played out, th&#1077 sports landscape h&#1072&#1109 shifted &#1110n th&#1077 U.S., w&#1110th both th&#1077 NFL &#1072n&#1281 NHL introduction franchises &#1110n Las Vegas, th&#1077 epicenter &#959f officially authorized sports betting, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 NBA &#1072n&#1281 Major League Baseball appearance out &#1110n support &#959f re-examining h&#959w th&#1077&#1091 &#1072&#1088&#1088r&#959&#1072&#1089h sports betting. Day &#1072ft&#1077r day fantasy sports &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 rose t&#959 eminence over th&#1077 past five years &#1072n&#1281 h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n widely embraced b&#1091 th&#1077 NBA, NFL, NHL &#1072n&#1281 MLB, &#1110n &#1088&#1072rt b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#1110t focuses &#959n individual performance &#1072n&#1281 n&#959t th&#1077 outcome &#959f games.

Pallone, th&#1077 ranking member &#959f th&#1077 House Energy &#1072n&#1281 Commerce Committee, h&#1072&#1109 introduced a federal sports betting bill, &#1072n&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 staff &#1110&#1109 working &#959n comprehensive legislation th&#1072t aims t&#959 bring up t&#959 date having a bet laws &#1110n th&#1077 U.S.

“N&#1077w Jersey &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 th&#1077 same opportunity t&#959 proceed w&#1110th sports betting th&#1072t h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n allowed &#1110n &#959th&#1077r states,” Pallone wrote.