Pro Sports Leagues File Injunction to stop New Jersey Sports Gambling

Casino Watch Focus has reported that New Jersey has passed legislation attempting to work around Federal Law that prohibits sports gambling outside of a few jurisdictions. The US Dept. of Justice said very clearly they oppose this attempted work around and now the major sports leagues have echoed the Justice Departments sentiments and filed for an injunction. The Times Union online reports: 

The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed papers in court Monday to stop New Jersey’s plan to allow legal sports betting beginning this weekend, when gamblers could become the first in the nation outside Nevada to wager on single games.

The leagues filed a motion in federal court in Trenton seeking an injunction that would stop the state from allowing casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting under legislation signed into law by Republican Gov. Chris Christie last Friday.

The NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA, in their filing, say New Jersey’s new law violates the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act by offering what amounts to state-sponsored sports gambling by restricting it to casinos and racetracks that are already heavily regulated by the state.

New Jersey’s latest effort is “in clear and flagrant violation of federal law,” the brief states, adding that the law Christie signed “is nothing more than a de facto authorization of sports gambling.”

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