The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court decision that struck down federal bans on the advertising of casino gambling on TV and radio. The U.S. Justice Department had appealed the ruling, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in a bid to maintain the ad bans. Technically, the case strikes down the bans only in the nine western states where the federal courts are governed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but the ruling could make it difficult to enforce the casino gambling ban elsewhere in the U.S. as well. In New Jersey, where a U.S. District Court judge struck down the ban in a separate court case, the Federal Communications Commission has said it will not continue to enforce the ban. Gambling groups have said the court action allows bigger casinos to show gambling in ads that previously showed shows or facilities, and allows smaller casinos without shows to begin advertising tournaments on radio and TV.
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