U.S. Federal Court Halts New Jersey’s Sports Betting Aspirations
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been a longtime supporter of legalizing gambling. His efforts have resulted in New Jersey being one of three US states to have legalized online gambling. The motivation for Christie and other US governors is pretty simple. They believe that the revenues generated by legalized gambling are too important to ignore and can have a vital impact on rejuvenating struggling economies.
Gov. Christie has also been pushing for the legalization of sports betting on professional and college sports at the state’s legal racetracks and Atlantic City casinos.
However this idea has been dealt a setback with the decision today by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia who upheld a judge’s ruling that stated that New Jersey would be in conflict with federal law should it permit sports betting.
The counter argument to Christies push to legalize sports betting came from the major sports bodies like the NBA, NFL, NHL, and the Major League Baseball who all claim that legal sports betting would undermine the integrity of professional sports.
For now New Jersey’s argument that the 1992 federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is unconstitutional and violates the state’s sovereign rights was rejected.