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Trump Could Determine Future of Sports Betting

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Forces are coming together for a showdown over the U.S.'s anti-sports-betting policies after the U.S. Supreme Court made a surprise choice last month not to immediately deny New Jersey's challenge to a federal ban on sports betting, instead inviting President Donald Trump's administration to weigh in on the controversial issue.

Sports betting has long been associated with organized crime, seen as a threat to the integrity of professional and college sports contests and opposed by those generally against gambling on moral or philosophical grounds. But experts say attitudes are changing.


"If you look at PASPA, it looks like the kind of interfering regulation that tells states what they can or cannot do, that is contrary to what Trump has been touting. ... He has been in favor of getting rid of restrictions that limit what states and businesses can do," said gambling law attorney Dennis M. P. Ehling of Blank Rome LLP.

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"Trump Could Determine Future of Sports Betting," by Zachary Zagger was published in Law360 on February 8, 2017.