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Major Sports Leagues Have Scathing Words For New Jersey Over Sports Betting Issue

Leagues, NCAA File Challenge To New Jersey On Monday


The major sports leagues and the NCAA have filed a motion challenging the state of New Jersey’s latest attempt to see sports betting within its borders this fall.

Basically, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued a directive earlier this month that he hopes will allow his state to circumvent a federal law that only permits sports betting in four states—obviously none of which are New Jersey.

In order to circumvent the law, New Jersey wants to see its gambling facilities offer sports betting without having to regulate it. In other words, New Jersey is aiming to take a hands-off approach, neither explicitly being involved in the new business nor prohibiting it.

The leagues and the NCAA aren’t too happy about this move.

According to the Associated Press, the leagues/NCAA shot back this week:

“Defendants’ latest arguments are nothing more than a blatant attempt to circumvent this Court’s injunction and the federal law that it prohibits defendants from violating,” the leagues wrote. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp, whose injunction sided with the leagues in upholding the federal ban last year, is expected to rule in Trenton by next week on the matter.

The whole mess dates back to 2011, when New Jersey voters approved sports betting. A law was later signed by Gov. Christie, and then the leagues sued in August 2012.

More than two years later, and after the United States Supreme Court declined to rule on the matter, the case is still playing out in court, as New Jersey desperately wants to give a lifeline to struggling Atlantic City and the sports leagues are nervously trying to protect the integrity of their games. Both parties are at an impasse.

One racetrack is New Jersey is already preparing to offer sports betting, pending the outcome of the court proceedings. That facility is Monmouth Park Racetrack, located in Oceanport.



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