Andrew Brandt delved into the long and arduous battle that the state of New Jersey faced in their quest to legalize sports betting. For over seven years, the state tried to challenge a law from 1992 that prohibited states from implementing sports betting. The leagues, including the NFL, fiercely opposed the move and spent millions of dollars in legal fees fighting it in court.
However, on May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court finally ruled in favor of New Jersey, paving the way for states to implement sports betting. While this decision did not directly legalize sports betting, it opened up a new opportunity for states to do so. Today, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting, making it more accessible to people in a majority of states.
The discussion also touched on 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. The NHL, WNBA, and NFL franchises have all made their way to Las Vegas, changing the dynamics of the city. The moral high ground of the NFL was called into question when they decided to place a franchise in Las Vegas despite its previous stance on sports betting.