US Court Vetos New Jersey's Sports Betting Challenge

Published Wednesday, August 26, 2015 -
US Court Vetos New Jersey's Sports Betting Challenge

The liberalization of internet betting has been a rough road for legislators in the Garden State of New Jersey USA with their efforts to have online gambling on sports being denied by the federal courts once again. Voters in New Jersey approved of a constitutional amendment in 2011 that would repeal the prohibition on sports league betting at casinos and racetracks. 2012 saw the New Jersey State Legislature pass a bill that decriminalized betting on sporting events which was challenged immediately by major sports leagues that argued betting on sports would corrupt the sporting world. Bookmaker, William Hill was hired by New Jersey to run betting on sports in an effort to circumvent the state’s own ban on sports betting.

Now a federal appeals court, has denied New Jersey the legal right to offer sports betting other than that offered by the daily fantasy sports betting industry.The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia decision upheld a lower-court ruling that had voided the New Jersey state legislation on gambling on sporting events. The judges held, in a 2-to-1 decision, that New Jersey residents’ sports betting violated the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. The opinion of the judges was confirmed,  “We acknowledge New Jersey’s salutary purpose in attempting to revive its troubled casino and racetrack industries,” adding, “We now turn to the primary question before us: whether the 2014 law violates We hold that it does.”

Fantasy sports betting has become the outlet for sports betting fans in America and the latest decision by the courts has given that growing industry a tremendous boost say critics of the restrictive legislation. The American Gaming Association, suggested the decision would not stop the association’s effort to bring legal sports gambling to a larger audience in the USA. This decision has been coming for over three years in New Jersey but some analysts believe the battle is not over yet.





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