New Jersey Sports Betting Ban Upheld by Appellate Court

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.  Most recently, a court date was set and briefs were filed leaving the court to deliberate the issue.  Those opposed believe the law is in direct violation to federal law, which limits sports betting to Las Vegas and a few other locations that were grandfathered into the federal law.  The Appeals Court has reviewed the arguments and has upheld the earlier courts ruling to ban sports betting.  An online source explains:

A federal appeals court dealt another blow to A federal appeals court dealt another blow to New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports gambling Tuesday, upholding a ruling that the state’s betting law conflicts with federal law and shouldn’t be implemented. New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports gambling Tuesday, upholding a ruling that the state’s betting law conflicts with federal law and shouldn’t be implemented.

The NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA sued the state last year, and the NCAA moved several of its championship events out of New Jersey, though it later relented.

The leagues said the betting law could harm the sanctity of the games. In a court deposition, MLB commissioner Bud Selig said he was “appalled” by Christie’s actions.

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