SIU Professor Brittingham discusses the Supreme Court Sports Betting Case

Southern Illinois University



December 14, 2017, The 21st

Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars betting on pro sports. The American Gaming Association says last year the sports betting market was worth $150 billion.

And there are many ways to do it. For example, you can bet on whether a team wins or loses, what the final score will be, or how many games a team wins each season.

Even as the industry has gotten more and more valuable, sports betting has been illegal in all but four states since 1992.

But the Supreme Court could have a role in changing that. Last week, the high court heard a case called “Christie vs. NCAA.”

That’s New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, versus the NCAA. New Jersey says the federal ban on sports gambling is unconstitutional, and if the court sides with them, sports betting could become legal.

We were joined by Wib Leonard, a sports sociologist and professor at Illinois State University. We also talked with Mark Brittingham, a clinical assistant professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Listen to the discussion here