NJ Sports Betting Law seeks Supreme Court Audience to Expand Gambling

Casino Watch Focus has reported on New Jersey’s many failed attempts at legalizing sports betting on the same scale as allowed in Las Vegas.  NJ Gov. Chris Cristie, and his desire to expand sports gambling in his state, is opposed by the NCAA, NFL, MLB, NHL and the Federal Government.  Earlier this year a federal court upheld an earlier ruling that nullified the gambling expansion, but now Gov. Christ is attempting to get the issue heard by the Supreme Court.  The Star-Ledger explains why the odds are extremely slim the case will actually be heard:

After losing three times in federal court to the NCAA and the nation’s professional sports leagues, Gov. Chris Christie will now try his luck at the U.S. Supreme Court.  But persuading the justices to allow New Jersey to take its swings for sports betting is no easy task. About 10,000 petitions are filed with the Supreme Court each year, yet the justices hear arguments in just 100 or so.

“No more than about 5 percent … are granted,” said Jeremy D. Frey, a gaming industry lawyer who has watched the case. “There is little reason to think that (this case) will be one of them. The state’s central constitutional claim was always akin to a ‘Hail Mary’ football pass.”

I. Nelson Rose, a professor at Whittier Law School in Southern California who writes about gambling on his blog, gamblingandthelaw.com., said he had thought New Jersey was going to win its case, but now doubts it can. “Having been turned down by the 3rd Circuit, the chances of the Supreme Court hearing it are very small,” Rose said.

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