Garden State Versus Sports Leagues


The state of New Jersey sports betting is being threatened by NCAA, the NFL, and three other sports organisations requesting a federal judge to permanently block sports betting offering at the state's racetracks and Atlantic City casinos.

In case a summary judgement fails, the leagues will seek a preliminary injunction to prevent Monmouth Park and any other NJ state gambling site from receiving a sports-betting licence, which could be issued as early as January 9 2013.

The leagues claim that NJ's new state legislation permitting sports wagering is against the 20-year-old federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act which blocks all but four US states from offering sports betting.

On the other hand, New Jersey argued that PASPA is unconstitutional and acts discriminatory by allowing only Nevada to offer full-fledged sports betting, and three other states to offer even limited versions of wagering.

According to league lawyers there was no discrimination in PASPA acts but merely permission that the four states, with forms of sports betting at that time, keep their laws on the books.

On top of everything, NBA chief David Stern in his pretty harsh statement said: 'The one thing I'm certain of is New Jersey has no idea what it's doing and doesn't care because all it's interested in is making a buck or two, and they don't care that it's at our potential loss. And wholly apart from the fact that a governor, who's a former U.S. Attorney, has chosen to attack a federal law which causes me pause for completely different reasons since I've at times sworn to similar oaths about upholding the law of the United States.'

However, a federal judge gave the U.S. Attorney General's office until January 20 to intervene in the case, with oral arguments set to be heard on December 18.

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