Cowboys' Jerry Jones discusses possibility of legalized sports betting nationwide

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn’t seem to be too concerned if the federal courts or legislators legalize sports betting nationwide.

"I don't see that gaming compromises the integrity of the game,” Jones said Friday on his weekly radio spot on Dallas sports talk station 105.3 The Fan.

His comments come as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide whether the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) is constitutional.

New Jersey challenged the law, which was passed by Congress in 1992, as part of the state’s efforts to add sports gambling to its casinos and horse tracks.

Currently, Nevada is the only state that offers full-fledged sports betting since it was grandfathered into PASPA, along with three states (Delaware, Montana and Oregon), which had offered more limited sports lottery offerings.

The Supreme Court will likely rule on the New Jersey case this spring, and if New Jersey prevails, other states could move to allow sports gambling, which is estimated to be a $150 billion industry -- and all but a small percentage of that are from legally placed bets.

 

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