New Jersey Loses Another Sports-Betting Legalization Attempt

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the on going attempts of the state of New Jersey to legalize sports betting. Las Vegas is the only place where sports betting is a legally allowed activity. Several times, and in various ways, New Jersey has attempted to pass legislation or has pushed forth enforcement regulations to allow sports betting. They have consistently been opposed by professional sports organizations such as the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. The NCAA also joined efforts to prevent expansion of sports gambling as did the Federal Government. An online source is now explaining that they have lost yet another appeal:

 New Jersey has lost again before an appeals court in its attempt to circumvent a federal ban on sports betting. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled against New Jersey’s sports betting plan in a rare “en banc” session where all 12 of the circuit’s judges heard arguments on New Jersey’s appeal. In a 10 to 2 decision the court ruled that the state’s 2014 sports betting law violated the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law prohibits sports betting in all but four states—most notably Nevada—that had forms of sports betting before the law went into effect.

In this latest attempt, the state wrote a law that would have allowed sports betting at its casinos and racetracks without any state regulation. The plan emerged from previous court opinions that hinted that unregulated sports betting might circumvent the federal ban. But the Third Circuit’s overwhelming rejection of that argument likely means an end to New Jersey’s hopes of instituting sports betting.

“We now hold that the District Court correctly ruled that because PASPA, by its terms, prohibits states from authorizing by law sports gambling, and because the 2014 Law does exactly that, the 2014 Law violates federal law,” Judge Marjorie Rendell wrote in the court’s majority opinion.

Unfortunately, the issue may not actually be over. Two sources have advocated taking the issue a step further. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told a sports ratio show that he thinks the issue should be taken up by the Supreme Court. Additionally, the American Gaming Association (AFA) thinks Congress should repeal the existing law and give each state the right to regulate sports betting as they seem fit.

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