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Highly Recognized Online Gambling Proponent Weighs In

Added: Jan. 30, 2017

If you have bee n watching the online gambling industry in the United States for the last couple of years you cannot have missed coming across the name Chris Christie. Yes Chris Christie, the quite vocal governor of the state of New Jersey who helped usher in legal online casino action for New Jersey residents back in 2013. The same Chris Christie that has turned the state of New Jersey into what quite a number of observers see as a model for other states contemplating legalizing online gambling for their residents. The point of all of the above is to illustrate when Chris Christie speaks out publicly on anything to do with online gambling sites, you can rest assured that he speaks from an authority position. A position of having been there and done that.

With that in mind, you may be quite interested to learn what Chris Christie has to say with respect to online sports betting and the U.S. Supreme Court. In short, the New Jersey governor clearly wants the Court to take up consideration of the issue of sports betting. As of this writing, the Court has not indicated whether or not the case will even be considered.

At issue is a case from New Jersey horsemen along with New Jersey legislators against the NCAA and four professional sports leagues. As a bit of background, you should note that this time around, the first hurdle is to get the case put on the calendar. The uncomfortable fact for both parties is that this issue may not be a top priority for the Court.

What that means in practice is that the parties must first convince the Court that this time around it really is different. As such, that has resulted in an entirely new approach. In an effort to make sure that this case winds up on the Court’s calendar, the filing is worded such that fundamental Constitutional issues are at the heart of the case. More to the point, the filings contain language that puts into question the amount of power that Congress can wield.

As you might well expect, phrasing the petition to the Court in this manner may turn out to be what the Court needs to hear. Or not. Truth be told, trying to predict the actions or lack thereof from the justices of the Supreme Court is not so easy. Stay tuned as this the hearing of this case could have profound implication for legal online casino action and online sports betting all across the U.S.