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New Jersey Sports Betting Law Defeated Again in Appeals Court Ruling

Freitag, Februar 7th, 2020

New Jersey Sports Betting Law Defeated Again in Appeals Court Ruling

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was gung-ho on sports betting for his state back in 2011.

New Jersey has lost once more in its bid to be the state that is first introduce legalized sports betting since the government cracked down on the practice over 20 years ago. A federal appeals court said that the state law New Jersey is trying to placed into practice is trumped by a law that is federal outlaws the practice.

Predictable Outcome

In a variety of ways, the decision wasn’t at all a surprise. When New Jersey passed the latest Jersey Sports Wagering Law in 2011 following a voter referendum, it was clear that the state had been set for a battle with several opposing factions. Once Governor Chris Christie signed the bill into law last year, it had been just a matter of time before several major sports organizations would challenge it. As expected, the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, and the NCAA all sued the state.

The initial case had been heard in March of this season. A federal judge said that the state could not legalize sports betting, citing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) at that time. Passed in 1992, that act officially outlawed recreations betting in all states which had not legalized the training by January 1, 1993.

According to the state of New Jersey, though, that law violates the state’s liberties on constitutional grounds. (mehr …)