15th of February 2013 Author: Johnny Karp
Following the latest court hearing in Trenton, New Jersey in an attempt of the national sports leagues and the Department of Justice to prevent the New Jersey's introduction of intrastate sports betting, the presiding Federal Judge Michael Shipp said on Thursday that the final decision will be issued in two weeks' time after a further review of documentary and oral evidence provided by the legal representatives of the involved parties.
Relying on the federal 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, the lawyers representing the U.S. pointed out that that the New Jersey's actions could not be allowed although the state Administration voted in favour of intrastate sports betting, and the governor signed the measure into state law.
On the other hand, the New Jersey lawyers said the federal law violates the state's rights and sovereignty by restricting sports betting to just four US states claiming that PASPA is unconstitutional and discriminatory. As per the 1992 federal law, sports betting is banned in all but four states: Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.
The state lawyers further presented a case that the federal government is not entitled to regulate the "state's ability to govern its citizens or the judgment of the government of the state of New Jersey.'
The sports leagues, for their part, insisted that gambling activities undermine the integrity of professional and college sports. The National Football League and Major League Baseball were among the sports organisations suing New Jersey's government in August last year in an attempt to prevent betting in the state. This was followed by National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, NCAA, and finally the US DoJ joining the complaint.
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