For years, the State of New Jersey had been trying to legalize sports betting, but it was hindered by a 1992 law that prohibited states from doing so. Chris Christie took the case to court and, after seven long years of legal battles and millions of dollars in legal fees, New Jersey finally emerged victorious on May 14, 2018 when the Supreme Court ruled against the leagues and allowed states to legalize sports betting. Today, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting.
At the same time that New Jersey was fighting for its right to legalize sports betting, another significant development was taking place in Las Vegas. Previously known for its entertainment and nightlife, the city did not have a sports presence until the NHL, WNBA, and NFL all established teams there. The decision by the NFL to place a franchise in Las Vegas, in particular, has caused some to question the league’s moral high ground. Vegas now offers everything from shows and concerts to sports – including legalized sports betting.