25 Years Of PASPA — Senate Debate On Sports Betting Still Resonates Today

Only one current U.S. senator voted against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), and his arguments during the Senate debate seem remarkably relevant 25 years later as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider New Jersey’s appeal against PASPA on December 4.

In its 201-year history, the Senate Judiciary Committee has had only one chairman who was not a lawyer.

His name is Charles Grassley, who is now finishing his third year as chairman.

An 84-year-old Republican who likes to call himself “a pig farmer from Iowa,” Grassley has quietly thrived while being underestimated throughout much of his 36-year career in the Senate.

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