09/30/2014 10:07AM

Sports leagues challenge New Jersey sports betting in court


Major professional sports leagues and the NCAA have again filed a request for injunction that would prohibit New Jersey racetracks and casinos from offering gambling on their games, arguing in a court filing Monday that the practice would be a “blatant violation” of a court order last year.

The organizations, which include the NFL, NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball, were widely expected to file the court challenge, three weeks after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the state’s attorney general issued a highly unusual directive to allow sports betting at tracks and casinos. The directive contradicted a court ruling last year contending that sports betting in New Jersey would violate a 1992 federal law, a ruling that was upheld on appeal.

The challenge was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, whose judge, Michael Shipp, issued the injunction last year in favor of the sports leagues. In the suit, the leagues call New Jersey’s latest attempt to circumvent last year’s ruling “astounding” while calling the state’s legal justification for the directive “specious.”

Shipp is expected to rule on the challenge within 10 days.

Since Christie issued the directive, no casino officials in New Jersey have made public statements in support of launching a sports-betting operation. Casinos are regulated on the state level, and many state gambling commissions consider violations of federal law to be significant factors in determining whether to award or renew gambling licenses.

In the immediate wake of the directive, Monmouth Park said it would offer sports wagering within days. However, Monmouth Park’s top official, Dennis Drazin, backed off that timetable just days later, saying that the track needed to determine whether the directive would be legally challenged.

Bill Libbert More than 1 year ago
It's really simple to me. To prevent other states from authorizing sports betting while Nevada, dba Las Vegas, is a violation of the US Constitution. What's legal in one state MUST be legal in the other 49, if approved by the stat legislature. And I don"t want the feds to tell me sports betting in Nevada is "grandfathered" to exempt Vegas from federal law. I'm amazed that states have not has their high powered lawyers file action that the federal law is unconstitutional WHICH IS HAS TO BE UNDER ANY COMMON SENSE REASONING. What's good for one state needs to be good for all or the rest of the United States are being severally discriminated against. WJL
elliottfactor1 More than 1 year ago
maryjane in Utah lol
riddick More than 1 year ago
why? They bet all over the world. The UK has William Hill betting shops on street corners like we have dunking donuts stores. There are no serious problems. Here's a link to a online article http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22934305
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Wow, total hypocrisy. It is gambling that has made the NFL and other sports. The only reason it became so popular was because of television and betting on it. Vegas should not have a monopoly on sports betting. The gamblers are betting sports in every state, legal or not. We all know it. So, let Jersey do their thing. It's a volunteer activity. Adults who are old enough to die for their country, vote and pay taxes should have a right to gamble or entertain themselves on how they see fit. For the sport teams to act all holy, like gambling is bad is a joke. Think about it. If nobody anywhere bet on the NFL, then no one would care. It would go away like the dinosaur. Get a grip. Leave Jersey alone. Christie is trying to do the best he can to get legal revenue for the state. Betting will go on, they might as well keep it legal.
Howard Schwartz More than 1 year ago
Here in WV about 15% of the states budget comes from gambling. Now gaming revenue is down, and the pols must find a new source of money..The days of horse racing getting money from slots is limited. The charity cannot continue forever. I believe New York purses would be a third less without the gaming money. That money will soon be taken for schools roads etc. Then see what kind of job Mr. Kay thinks he is doing.
Eddie More than 1 year ago
Do bookmakers pay any taxes on the huge profits they make? I don't think so. gambling on sports has always been big business and it will remain so, whether in the hands of government or the private sector. I remember about fifty years ago while in college betting on the NFL, NBA and NCAA games. Did "Skippy the Bookie" ever pay any taxes on the money he made?
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
It's a FEDERAL law that you can't have sports betting unless you were grandfathered in.....Do you realize how much of a states budget comes from the FEDS? All the highway money and emergency money? Going against the FEDS is not the smartest move a state can even try to make.....If they somehow win the right to have sports betting (which they won't) the FEDS can say ok.......take your $10 bet on the Cowboys and say goodbye to to the zillions of dollars you get from us in aid......That being said I'm sure the NFL is 100% behind gambling because they are smart enough to know that it drives the insane interest in the league......But publicly they have to be against it......just on general principles
Cary More than 1 year ago
Those were the same arguments against Marijuana. The Feds looked the other way even though its against Federal Law. This is why this has come up again, a precedent has been set.
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
I agree they have looked the other way on the marijuana laws but its really apples to oranges......the drug dealers cant come out and fight against it but the NFL surely can and they have more money to fight than any state does.....Here in Delaware the foot was in the door with the parlay cards and they blew about 5 million trying to get their case heard for single game betting by the Supreme Court......who basically laughed them out of court and refused to even listen to their arguments.... NJ has no more "right" to have sports betting (which is a miniscule money maker for a casino anyway) than does Des Moines, Iowa, Innercourse, PA, or any other city/state in the US.....If they look the other way for NJ......The biggest sports betting operations in the US will open in Philly and New York and they will be right where they are now anyway
Walter More than 1 year ago
Can you imagine... Meadowlands open early on Sunday mornings taking bets from the 80,000 Giants and Jets fans each week before they enter MetLife Stadium?
joe knipe More than 1 year ago
Games that are being contested in the state will not be available to wager on. You will be able to bet them on the road. All collegiate teams inside the state will also be taken off the board regardless of where they are playing.
billybudd16 More than 1 year ago
Nobody said they were betting on the Jets or the Giants. Please re-read the comment.
mikey More than 1 year ago
They have said they are not taking bets.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
The state would make a killing if the fans wagered on the Jets and Giants!
Bob More than 1 year ago
Slot machines are destroying people , nickel and diming welfare and foodstamp recipients. You mean to tell me sports betting is not allowed because of the NFL . They encourage it always talking about fav/underdog , injuries and most of all Weather.... why would we care about any if those things ? $$$$$ is why
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Slot machines destroy those that are already weak and ruined.
Sinatra Jeter More than 1 year ago
I am mystified by Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey where he says one thing and turns around around and does another thing for reasons that are beyond me to figure out. So the question should be "What is it called when you say one thing and mean another?" He denies that he gave orders to close the bridge. He refuses federal money to build a tunnel that could relieve traffic from New York to New Jersey. And the legislation he has denied for New Jersey Racing. Now he has approved Sports Betting at Race Tracks in opposition to a court order. Yet he wants everyone to believe that he is not crooked.
billybudd16 More than 1 year ago
You sound very liberalish.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Liberal adj. Favoring reform,open to new ideas,and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others;not bound by traditional thinking;broad-minded. dictionary.search.yahoo.com. Might want to rethink the "insult."
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
edb More than 1 year ago
Christie can't lose. If he gets the ok for betting, it is great for the state. If he doesn't, his lawyer pals get lots of money for arguing for the betting. He already gave them +$8.5 million in business for the bridge nonsense and would be a wonderful employer once he leaves office.
michael More than 1 year ago
The whole of the United States is betting on football games, with the bookies, with the office pools, with the parlay cards. Just because the leagues can't get a piece of it, they're against it. Go for it NJ, and get sports betting into the eastern part of the country. I can't wait, and people can and do make money betting sports.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Leagues not getting a piece?
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
You beat me to it Chad. Leagues not getting piece is laughable