With Major Professional Sports Franchises on Their Way into Las Vegas, the Problems with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) Need to be Addressed

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Pace Intellectual Property, Sports & Entertainment Law Forum, ISSN: 2329-9894, Vol: 8, Issue: 1, Page: 79

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Sanfratello, Anthony J.
Professional and Amateur Sports Act; PASPA; gambling; La Vegas; sports; Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law; Gaming Law
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This note will set out to prove why PASPA is no longer effective and why reform is needed. With the state of New Jersey leading the fight, change is on the horizon. First, the history of gambling laws in the United States will be covered. Next, the legal and other supplemental arguments for and against PASPA will be discussed. Additionally, the pivotal role that each major professional sports league plays in the arguments for and against reform, with specific focus on professional teams moving to Las Vegas, will be examined. Lastly, the current state of gambling laws in this country will be addressed and suggestions and predictions will be introduced.