Update: US Sports Leagues and State of New Jersey Go to Court in February

Judge Michael Shipp has scheduled the next hearing in the on-going litigation between major US sports leagues and the state of New Jersey for February 14, 2013.

The litigation has been initiated by the leagues in an attempt to stop the progress of New Jersey's new regulation legalizing sports betting in the Garden State, as it defies the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act 1992 limiting sports betting to only four US states.

New Jersey, for its part, claims that PASPA is discriminatory and unconstitutional. After the state has contested the leagues' right to legal standing on the issue and lost, Judge Shipp will now hear additional arguments on the constitutional aspects of the case.

The next step of the federal government is keenly expected by the industry experts. The officials have so far remained silent about the dispute although Judge Shipp has set January 20 as the deadline for authorities to express an interest in taking part in the process.

On the other hand, the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has filed notice that it supports its home state's motion for a summary judgement on the issue.

Renowned online gambling legal expert I. Nelson Rose also expressed his opinion on the case claiming that PASPA provisions were similar to a declaration that only a dozen US states were permitted to use sound in movie theatres, San Francisco Chronicle reports.

More support to legalization comes from Darby Development operating the Monmouth Park horse racing track which is ready to start offering real-money sports betting. The company plans to launch a play-money sports betting facility in line with the state's new legislation.

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