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New Jersey group asks Supreme Court to legalise sports betting

Sun, Oct 9, 12:08pm by Jake Equid

It seems amazing given the accessibility of sports betting in this country but it’s a different story in the U.S. On Saturday morning AEDT, the Thoroughbred horseman, a group from New Jersey asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider allowing sports betting and its race tracks and casinos.

The group operate Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey and say they’re missing out on millions of dollars because of federal law banning wagering in all but four states across the country. Those four states are Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.

This was because the four applied to be grandfathered in under the immunity clause that was offered to any state that had a specific history of licensed gambling and met the criteria installed by the law.

In August, the Court of Appeals invalidated a law passed by New Jersey in 2014 that would have allowed sports betting at casinos and racetracks. The court found New Jersey’s law repealing prohibitions against sports gambling violated the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which forbids state-authorised sports gambling.

The court said that “because PASPA, by its terms, prohibits states from authorising by law sports gambling, and because the 2014 law does exactly that, the 2014 law violates federal law,”.

It’s been a long road for the New Jersey group, the Supreme court declined to take the case after it was petitioned in 2014. Currently, only Nevada offers legal sports betting on individual games. Delaware offers only multi bets options in which players must pick several games correctly to win. Both were given exemptions when PASPA was passed.

Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey and supporters in the state Legislature have sought to legalise sports gambling to help prop up the struggling casino and horse racing industries. It’s estimated up to hundreds of billions of dollars are bet illegally on sports every year in the U.S.

New Jersey voters approved legal sports gambling in 2011. The state has not decided whether to join with the horsemen, said Lee Moore of the attorney general’s office.

Stay tuned to australiangambling.com.au for updates on this case as it progresses.


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