Lobbying fight heats up over sports gambling

Twenty-four states have commercial casinos, and 28 states have casinos operated by Native American tribes

By Reid Wilson | The Hill

A major lobbying fight over the future of gambling on professional sports is poised to break out as powerful interests line up to influence Congress and states plotting to grab a piece of the billion-dollar pie.

In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in May that handed states the freedom to legalize and regulate sports gambling, dozens of states are preparing legislation that would give their citizens the right to wager on professional baseball, basketball and football games.

That court decision upheld a New Jersey law that ruled against the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which banned sports betting in all but a handful of states.


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