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Supreme Court delays decision on betting ban; MI lawmaker introduces bill to legalize betting

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The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed their decision on whether or not they will take a look at the federal ban on sports betting.

The court invited the solicitor general to file a brief on behalf of the government, meaning a decision could take several more months. The high court had been expected to include the sports betting case in its announcement Tuesday on which cases it will hear this year.

New Jersey is challenging a 1992 federal law that restricts sports betting to Nevada and three other states that already had approved some form of wagering. In recent briefs to the Supreme Court, lawyers representing the state have argued that the federal law violates the Constitution by preventing states from repealing their own laws.

Several states, including Mississippi, West Virginia, Arizona, Louisiana and Wisconsin, have joined New Jersey’s effort.


Legal Sports Report looks at this as a win for those who are in favor of lifting the ban.

That has created a new window for the NJ sports betting case that many thought had a long shot of happening: The possibility of SCOTUS actually hearing the case.

It’s clear that the request from the court has increased the probability that it will be heard eventually. But how much has it increased?

A new bill has been introduced in Michigan would legalize sports betting in the state.

The legislation from Rep. Robert Kosowskiwould amend the state code to allow for sports betting, provided it is also approved by a referendum.

The bill is quite simple. It allows casino licensees to offer sports betting at their land-based gaming facilities.

A rise in cyberbullying of professional tennis players has been attributed to sports betting.

In the past year, a vast number of prominent female tennis players have spoken out about the abuse, which according to them often comes from disgruntled bettors venting their anger on social media after losing wagers on their matches.
“I don’t think people realize for all of these matches, we get death threats,” former Australian Open semifinalist Madison Keys told CNN.

Two south Mississippi men have pled guilty to their role in an illegal online sports betting operation.

Christopher U. Anthony and Russell B. Miller waived indictment and pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to transmit wagering information. Both men are free on $25,000 bonds pending sentencing April 18.

The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of up to two years and a $250,000 fine.

Both men traveled to Costa Rica on April 24, 2014, to deliver payments to whoever set up the gambling websites for illegal sports betting, mostly involving football, court records say.

Online sports betting is illegal in the United States but it is legal in Costa Rica.