The Legislature followed with a bill to lift the ban as it pertains to casinos and tracks.
A federal judge ruled Friday night that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost its struggling horse racing and casino industries, a finding Gov. District Judge Michael Shipp was the expected outcome since he had ruled similarly in the past.
While he agreed with the central part of the sports’ leagues argument, he dismissed some of their other arguments.. Supreme Court declined to hear the case earlier this year, and it seemed that might be the end of it.
State Sen. Voters have approved the concept, but a federal court rejected it in a slightly different form. sports league to make such a stand.
The state, locked in a legal battle with the NCAA and the four major U.S. Silver is the first commissioner of a major U.S. The U.S. Chris Christie’s administration intends to appeal.
New Jersey has been pushing persistently to allow sports betting at horse tracks and casinos. Raymond Lesniak, who has led the push for sports betting in New Jersey, called it “important for our entire state, but especially for Atlantic City,” where four casinos have closed this year.
The NCAA, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and Major League Baseball contend that federal law would allow the state to lift the ban entirely but not to allow sports betting with some conditions, such as limiting it to certain locations and keeping minors from participating.
That stance is uniting New Jersey’s elected officials.
The ruling comes just over a week after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he supports legalizing sports gambling though not in the way it would happen if New Jersey prevailed. professional sports leagues, has already filed a notice of appeal, Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the Republican governor, said shortly after the judge’s decision was announced.
A federal law bans New Jersey and most other states from authorizing betting on sports. Instead of legalizing sports gambling in defiance of the leagues and federal government, it called for not enforcing the state’s ban. Instead, it was seeking to end a prohibition.
But the judge agreed with the sports leagues that setting parameters such as limiting sports gambling to certain places amounts to regulation.
“We are going to continue pursuing every legal option available,” said state Senate president Steve Sweeney, a Democrat. Christie signed that into law last month.
The decision from U.S. “The economic impact that sports wagering can have on New Jersey is far too important to simply shrug our shoulders and move on.”
But as the financial crisis in Atlantic City’s casinos deepened, Christie’s administration tried a new approach. But the state contended it did not want to license or authorize the betting
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