12/18/2012 6:24PM

Federal judge to rule on New Jersey sports betting challenge by Friday


A U.S. federal judge indicated after a hearing on Tuesday that he would issue a ruling by Friday as to whether professional sports leagues have standing to challenge a New Jersey law that would allow gambling on sports at the state's casinos and racetracks, according to an official who attended the hearing.

Dennis Drazin, the top official at Monmouth Park, said after the hearing that Judge Michael Shipp of the U.S. District Court for New Jersey made the statement after hearing one hour of testimony from attorneys representing the state and the sports leagues. The case is being closely watched because of its ramifications on the national gambling landscape.

Monmouth Park is one of three New Jersey tracks that would be eligible to offer betting on sports if the challenge is unsuccessful - and if federal authorities do not attempt to intervene. In a notice issued in late November, Shipp gave the federal government until Jan. 20 to intervene in the case.

Following the passage of a bill pushed by Gov. Chris Christie earlier this year, New Jersey regulators have approved regulations governing sports betting, but they have also placed a moratorium on issuing any licenses until Jan. 9. Monmouth has indicated that it will go forward at that time with offering sports betting.

A coalition of sports leagues including the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, and the NCAA filed suit challenging the law in August. The leagues argue that the law violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which prohibited states that had not offered sports betting before 1991 from legalizing the practice. New Jersey did not allow sports betting before 1991.


John More than 1 year ago
I can see the newest advertising ! Come play the SUPER BOWL Daily Double ! The last race Sunday to the Super Bowl winner, take the points, give the points, or straight up ! Yeaaa!
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
Sounds like a stupid bet. Whatevr i play in the horse race gets parlayed on a 1/2 shot. Where's the value?
John More than 1 year ago
Its a no brainer ! Horse Racing is slowly dying because of the lack ofr horse's and the ASTRONOMICAL TAKE-OUT, especially in California ! This would put some much needed infusion of $$$ into the game , as well as stimulate state revenue thru sports betting ! Super Bowl Sunday would be a whole new enterprise at the racetrack ! WHY let Vegas rule the rules on sports betting ! Its a new day !
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
John.... Let me try to explain something to you. If a horse is going off at 4-1 and fair odds to win the race are 2-1, do I really care about the takeout? If you are simply "playing the races" and are not professional in doing so (ie..gambling) then your complaints should and are going on deaf ears. There is soooooo much real money to be made if people would learn simple handicapping techniques, read up on pace handicapping and bet smart, that take-out is something you shouldn't even be worrying about. You know what irks me at my home track. They sell hotdgos and put them on regular rolls instead of hotdog buns.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I'm all for it, I guess as long as they keep it totally separate from Horse Racing. If they lump it in together then we will pay for that too.
Randy Atkins More than 1 year ago
Sports gambling should be allowed in all states...why should Vegas have all the fun?? People who bet on sports have private bookies...legalize it then the gov can collect taxes
mikey More than 1 year ago
The difference is bookies will wait a while for the $$$$$.Many guy's bet when they don't have the $$$$ the state will not take a bet without the $$$$ big difference.
RunningDog More than 1 year ago
Dont get it, without gambling the NFL would have next to no interest. The game has become a total joke, betting is its lifeblood, why not expand it?
mikey More than 1 year ago
The NFL make's teams put out the injuried player's list.Why ? if not for betting.Who care's who is hurt except the bettor's.