NFL, MLB, NHL and NCAA Joined by Federal Government in Lawsuit Against New Jersey Sports Betting Legislation

Casino Watch Focus reported that all virtually all the major sports organizations joined together in a lawsuit to stop a recently passed law in New Jersey.  Its certainly not the first time the NFL or others have sought to defeat sports betting gambling expansion, but in an interesting turn of events, the Federal Government is now entering the discussion.  The Chicago Tribune reports:

In papers filed in a New Jersey federal court on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice said it wants to defend the constitutionality of a federal law that restricts sports gambling.

New Jersey’s law, signed last year by Governor Chris Christie, would allow sports betting at the state’s racetracks and at Atlantic City casinos. It would allow the racetracks and casinos to apply for licenses and open gambling operations for amateur and professional sports.

A slew of leagues, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League, sued the state in August, saying the law would violate the federal restrictions on sports betting.

 New Jersey attempted to have the suit thrown out, but the motion was denied.  The same judge has also officially ruled that the government can intervene and present oral arguments.

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