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Supreme court hears case that could make sports betting widely legal in US

  • New Jersey challenging federal law barring gambling in most states
  • Major sports leagues say legal betting could hurt inegrity

The supreme court on Monday suggested it may side with New Jersey in its effort to make sports gambling legal, a case that could make betting on football, basketball and other sports widely available.

The justices heard New Jersey’s challenge to a federal law that bars states from authorizing gambling in most professional and college sports. If the supreme court strikes down the law, giving sports betting the go-ahead, 32 states would likely make gambling on leagues such as the NFL and NBA legal within five years, according to a report by a California research firm.

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