New Jersey's Legal Online Sports Betting Still Undecided

Published Sunday, November 03, 2013 -
New Jersey's Legal Online Sports Betting Still Undecided

All is not well in New Jersey’s quest to have online sports betting available to the public in that state. In September the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the permanent injunction preventing New Jersey from offering legal sports betting to residents. In June, New Jersey and its betting advocates had made their case in a Philadelphia court against the US Department of Justice, the four main professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) over the constitutionality of the 1992 federal PASPA sports betting edict that bans single-game sports betting in every state except Nevada.

A request was filed for a rehearing of the state’s case at the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association filed a petition asking for a full complement of judges to rehear the case.

The Horsemen’s Association filing said that a similar request was coming from Governor Chris Christie, who supports the state’s right to offer the same kind of sports wagering legally available in Nevada.

The petition from the Association comes at the end time limit New Jersey’s sports betting backers were given in which to decide whether to request a rehearing in front of the full Third Circuit Court. If the Court agrees to a rehearing of the case it is likely not to take place until early in 2014.

One of the judges on the tribunal, Thomas Vanaskie, offered a dissenting opinion which can only help New Jersey’s chances in convincing the full court to rehear the case.

The state was also given New Jersey’s lawyers 90 days in which to file a request for the suit to be heard by the US Supreme Court, which many observers feel is inevitable, given the Constitutional implications. If the full Third Circuit Court comes in on New Jersey’s side the Department Of Justice and the sports leagues would be the ones asking the high court to listen to their argument.

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