Sports Betting Halted in New Jersey

Oct 25, 14 Sports Betting Halted in New Jersey

Oct. 24, 2014 – Federal District Court Judge Michael A. Shipp struck down legislation that would have allowed sports betting in New Jersey just one week after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation the bill.

Shipp agreed with the NCAA and the four major professional sports leagues – the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB – that the leagues faced “irreparable harm” if sports betting had been allowed to make its debut – slated for Sunday – in New Jersey.

“The plaintiffs argue that betting could result in a negative effect on the perception of their games and their relationship to their fans.  This is a very real harm,” Shipp said.

Gov. Christie, who said last Friday that he was a “strong proponent of sports wagering in the state of New Jersey,” said “”

The legislation signed last Friday was the most recent of New Jersey’s attempts to bring sports betting to the state.  In 2012 they unsuccessfully challenged the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, PASPA, which banned sports betting in all but four states.

Only Nevada and, to some extent, Delaware currently offer sports betting.

The new bill attempted to circumvent PASPA by partially lifting New Jersey’s own ban on sports betting, but requiring that casinos and racetracks regulate the practice themselves.

That would have exploited a technicality in PASPA which prohibits state-regulated sports wagers, but does not require states to maintain their own ban on the practice.

Had Shipp decided to allow New Jersey to continue with their sports betting experiment, the case would have set a precedent for other states hoping to circumvent PASPA and the federal ban and inject new gambling revenue into their own states’ economies.

But, for now, bettors will have to keep watching their favorite games with nothing on the line.  Except fantasy-league bragging rights, of course.

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Written by Matt Isaacs

Matt is the Editorial Manager for the LotteryHUB News Team. Matt graduated from Rutgers University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in May 2013

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