The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear arguments on whether sports betting should be legalized at racetracks and casinos in New Jersey.
The justices, as is custom, gave no reason for agreeing to hear the appeal of a court decision that threw out the state’s latest effort to legalize wagering on sports games. The case would be argued during the court term that begins in October.
The court in January had delayed a ruling on the case, saying it first wanted to hear what President Donald Trump had to say on the issue. His acting solicitor general, Jeffrey B. Wall, urged the justices in May not to take the case.
Wall said that New Jersey’s efforts to get around the federal ban on sports betting by repealing state laws and allowing such wagering to proceed without regulation “is no different than a positive enactment authorizing such gambling.”