Legal Battle Over Legalizing Sports Betting In New Jersey Continues
The legal battle over legalizing sports betting in New Jersey has entered another phase as the Garden State took their case to a federal appeals court today. Anyone looking over the proceedings over the last few years has a right to be confused especially in the last few months. As we reported New Jersey is looking to repeal the 1992 federal professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act which states that states can not “sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, license or authorize” sports betting.
The opponents to legalizing sports betting include all the major sporting bodies like the NBA, NFL, NHL, Major league Baseball and NCAA who believe the integrity of professional sports would be undermined if sports betting is legalized. This stance has been challenged however by no less than NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred who recently have expressed support for some sort of regulation or legalization of sports betting outside of the state of Nevada.
Today’s verbal arguments before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are focused on the interpretation of the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports protection Act. New Jersey headed by Gov. Chris Christie is looking to enjoy the millions of dollars in legal sports betting revenues that would be generated at the state casinos and racetracks.