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    Leaving Las Vegas: Supreme Court likely to rule states can allow sports betting


    The billions spent on legal sports betting in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But the U.S. Supreme Court seemed prepared Monday to bust Nevada’s monopoly.

    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey challenged a federal law that requites states to ban wagering on sporting events, though Nevada was grandfathered in when the law was passed in 1992.

    The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is unusual because it does not ban sports gambling nationwide as a matter of federal law. Instead the act says the states cannot permit it.

    Ted Olson, a Washington lawyer representing New Jersey, told the court Monday that the law violates the Constitution’s protection of state’s rights. “Congress can regulate interstate commerce, but it can’t make the states do the work of Congress,” he said.

    As Christie, a Republican, watched from the courtroom’s front row, a majority of the justices seemed to agree.

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