New Jersey has recently decided to decriminalize sports betting in casinos and racetracks. The move is being watched by other states to see if federal courts agree with their position. Four states currently allow legal sports betting under existing federal law.
The states of Delaware, Oregon, Montana, and Nevada can offer sports betting under a 1982 law called the Protection and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). This law effectively outlawed wagering on sports in the United States. The law passed in 1982 included exemptions for these states as they already legalized sports betting within their borders.
New Jersey discovered there was no requirement in the PASPA to force states to enforce the ban on the wagering of sports betting. The Attorney General of New Jersey stated that sports betting may occur in casinos and racetracks in the state, but no betting may take place on any athletic events or college sport taking place in the state. This includes New Jersey college teams traveling to any event.
No law enforcement agency in the state is permitted to file a complaint or make an arrest of any person who owns or operates a sports betting pool at a racetrack or casino. New Jersey is seeking to have their position on sports betting clarified by a federal court.