Casino Watch Focus reported that the NFL, MLB, NHL and NCAA were joined by the federal government in their lawsuit against New Jersey pro-sports betting legislation. Betting on these sports has traditionally been limited to Las Vegas, but New Jersey passed legislation looking to open wide scale sports betting in their state. The lawsuit was filed at the beginning of the year and a June 26th court date has been established. As such, both sides have filed briefs to the court. An online source explains how low gambling revenues are causing New Jersey to fight even harder to keep the legislation in place:
New Jersey fired back at the major sports leagues and the US Department of Justice this weekend, while at the same time posting yet another decline in monthly gaming revenue in Atlantic City.
The US Department of Justice and five sports leagues filed briefs last week for the June 26th showdown in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit over whether New Jersey has the right to legalize sports betting within its borders. New Jersey filed its own brief on Friday, as did two other groups supporting the State’s position.
Sports betting is a feature that state lawmakers hope will increase visitation and revenue at ailing Atlantic City casinos. Sports betting would also be allowed at New Jersey racetracks, including the Meadowlands, home of the next Super Bowl.
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