WASHINGTON – Experts, attorneys and states’ rights activists are optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will pave the way for states, including Mississippi, to implement sports betting following oral arguments heard by the court on Dec. 4.
The nation’s highest court heard arguments on whether sports betting should be legalized at New Jersey casinos and racetracks. At issue is the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which effectively outlawed sports betting nationwide except for Nevada.
Mississippi is one of five states that officially joined New Jersey’s effort to have the case heard by the Supreme Court, and if the court rules favorably, state officials and gaming operators are poised to offer the game immediately. A ruling could come any time but is expected sometime in the spring.