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Federal Court Gives New Jersey A Setback In Sports Gambling Case

The State Could Take The Issue To The U.S. Supreme Court


On Tuesday it was made public that a federal appeals court ruled against the state of New Jersey in its quest to allow sports betting within its borders. However, the Garden State has an option to request a review of that decision, or appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The decision from the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia was 2-1 to uphold a previous decision that New Jersey would be violating the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act if its casinos in Atlantic City offered sports betting.

The major sports leagues and the U.S. Department of Justice have come together to try to block New Jersey’s entry into the business. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the leagues.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is determined to win the case, however.

He said last month on Boomer and Carton in the Morning, "I think New Jersey is going to be victorious ultimately. There is no reason why Las Vegas, the state of Nevada, should have a monopoly on sports gambling.”

The leagues have argued that legalized sports betting in New Jersey could hurt the integrity of the games. Christie has disagreed, citing an already operating black market.

“That is the folly of the leagues’ argument — that somehow if you legalize it, take it out of the hands of criminals, that somehow you are destabilizing the leagues. I mean, only the commissions of these leagues and the NCAA can make that argument with a straight face."

The battle is far from over.

New Jersey will kick of its Internet gambling industry (without sports betting) this fall.