The increasing relationship between professional sports and the sports betting industry

Sports Betting in the US: From Prohibition to Legalization and the Role of Las Vegas

In 1992, a law was passed that prohibited states from implementing sports betting. The state of New Jersey, however, continuously fought against this law and engaged in a seven-year legal battle. The leagues, including the NFL, also joined in the fight and spent millions of dollars on legal fees. Finally, on May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey and allowed states to implement sports betting.

This decision did not directly legalize sports betting but opened the door for states to do so. As of today, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting. This has changed the landscape of sports betting by making it more accessible to people in a majority of states.

One aspect of the discussion surrounding sports betting is the allure of Las Vegas. Traditionally known as a city with everything but sports, Vegas has seen a shift with the arrival of sports teams such as the NHL, WNBA and NFL franchises. This change has altered the dynamics of the city and raised moral questions about the NFL’s stance on sports betting when they decided to place a franchise in Las Vegas despite their previous position on it.

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