In this Nov. 30, 2017, photo, Dennis Dubrow, 62, Oceanport, N.J., takes a sip of his drink while having a meal at the William Hill Sports Bar in West Long Branch, N.J. The bar is located inside the Monmouth Park racetrack building. With banks of TVs tuned to all-sports stations and a spacious bar, the lounge is a sports gamblers paradise-in-waiting. All that's standing in its way: A 25-year-old federal law that bars betting on sports in most states. The high court is weighing On Dec. 4, whether a federal law that prevents states from authorizing sports betting is constitutional. If the Supreme Court strikes down the law, giving sports betting the go-ahead, dozens of states could quickly make sports betting legal. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

In this Nov. 30, 2017, photo, Dennis Dubrow, 62, Oceanport, N.J., takes a sip of his drink while having a meal at the William Hill Sports Bar in West Long Branch, N.J. The bar is located inside the Monmouth Park racetrack building. With banks of TVs tuned to all-sports stations and a spacious bar, the lounge is a sports gamblers paradise-in-waiting. All that's standing in its way: A 25-year-old federal law that bars betting on sports in most states. The high court is weighing On Dec. 4, whether a federal law that prevents states from authorizing sports betting is constitutional. If the Supreme Court strikes down the law, giving sports betting the go-ahead, dozens of states could quickly make sports betting legal. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

High court betting case pits states against sports leagues

By DAVID PORTER JESSICA GRESKO The Associated Press
This article was published December 3, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

OCEANPORT, N.J. -- With its spacious bar and banks of TVs tuned to all-sports stations, the lounge at New Jersey's Monmouth Park Racetrack is a sports gamblers' paradise-in-waiting. All that's standing in its way: a 25-year-old federal law that bars betting on sports in most states.

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