False Start? Congress Announces Sports Betting Hearing, Then Reportedly Postpones It

Posted on June 20, 2018 - Last Updated on June 21, 2018
Posted By on June 20, 2018
Last Updated on June 21, 2018

Congress was going tackle the topic of sports betting in the US, before it decided to hold its horses.

previously rumored hearing was scheduled for Tuesday in the House of Representatives. Despite the fact that the hearing was just posted online this week, it was postponed just hours later.

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The scheduled hearing would have come a little more than a month after the US Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports wagering outside of Nevada.

The Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations was supposed to host the hearing. The subcommittee is a part of the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

The hearing is entitled “Post-PASPA: An Examination of Sports Betting in America.” The hearing is now listed as “postponed” on the committee’s website.

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The potential hearing comes as states around the country have already moved to legalize and regulate wagering after PASPA — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act — was deemed unconstitutional. New sports betting legislation is being considered in many more.

Other details about the hearing were not publicized, other than ESPN’s report that someone representing the NFL will testify. The NFL was one of the litigants in the Supreme Court case against New Jersey involving PASPA.

No bill to regulate sports betting has surfaced yet in Congress, despite Sen. Orrin Hatch announcing his plans to do so last month.

New Jersey lawmakers had asked Goodlatte — who is retiring — to call a hearing last year.

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