08/09/2016 1:52PM

Court rejects New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports betting


The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that a New Jersey law seeking the legalization of sports betting violates a 1992 federal prohibition of the practice, the third time the state’s effort has been blocked by a court.

The appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that the state’s most recent law, passed in 2014, violated the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a federal law that prohibits sports betting except in Nevada and in limited circumstances in three other states.

The 2014 legislation was challenged by most of the professional sports leagues and by the NCAA. The legislation was supported by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and by legislators with ties to Atlantic City, where casinos have been unable to compete with the legion of casinos that now operate on the Eastern Seaboard in the wake of widespread legalization by states in the area.

The judges ruled 10-2 in favor of upholding the U.S. District Court’s ruling. Any appeal of the Tuesday ruling would have to be made to the U.S. Supreme Court.

After the 2014 legislation was passed, Monmouth Park reached an agreement with William Hill, a British bookmaking company, to build and operate a sports book in its grandstand. Monmouth officials have said that sports betting would provide a new revenue stream for the track, which has struggled financially.

Mark More than 1 year ago
Bruce Epstien is part of the OLD guard. The old days are never coming back. to much competition with other forms of betting. The betting exchange is newest innovation in our sport in DECADES. Bruce is probably to old to understand trading and laying and it complicated nuances. Sorry sir  but the new blood is here and we want VALUE. Low Take Out and  higher purses and higher handle and less racetracks. Experienced players are looking to earn an income not be constantly fleeced by greedy horsemen and governments.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
My how the mighty have fallen.  I recall the big M meets where we got 12k on weekends and 6k in attendance on weekdays.  And if they ran a day card the attendance was 16K.  Lets move back to basic racing, the new legal bet in NJ with TVG is as clear a fraud as was on-line poker turned out to be.  Maybe the bettors are looking at this and moving away from the game.  Simple solution, big fields, WPS , exacta, tri and 4 supers and one pick 5 and one pick 3.  No rolling pick 3's.  Try it , it could bring back some players who have moved away from the game.
btgriz More than 1 year ago
What a bunch of hypocrites. You can gamble on everything under the sun, but not sports betting? You're all idiots.
Dahorsecapper More than 1 year ago
agree 1000% 
sluggomd More than 1 year ago
Amen, total political hypocrisy, but Fan Duels on Football is all good