Another Chance for Online Sports Betting in New Jersey

Published Sunday, October 05, 2014 -
Another Chance for Online Sports Betting in New Jersey

The State of New Jersey has been liberalizing and reforming the gambling industry in the Garden State for the last few years with the addition of regulated online gambling albeit with the exception of sports betting. A law on the federal books established under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, also known as the Bradley Act, where as state-sanctioned sports gambling is prohibited in every American State except for the ones that had operated betting schemes at any time between 1976 and 1990. The States that signed on to the act were Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon and it is legal to place a bet on sports in only those jurisdictions.  

New Jersey’s governor Chris Christie is once again asking the federal court for a judgement that would allow the people in his State to gamble on sporting events. Christie has tried before to change the rules but lost when the federal government and the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL, and the MLB brought arguments against the proposal. This time around Governor Christie is making the case that the Bradley Act prohibits a state from profiting from gambling so therefore sports gambling should be legal if the state doesn’t get a cut of the profits. Christie’s hope for clarification may be in vain as the major sports organizations are still railing against the changes proposed by Christie. This October 6th a federal judge will respond to the proposal made by the New Jersey governor with arguments on both sides of the fence saying they are right. It has been noted that in Europe where sports betting is legal that incidents of illegal betting on corrupted sporting events has gone up dramatically in the years since liberalization.

According to a recent study conducted by the Sorbonne University in Paris, gambling has been identified as “the primary purpose for match fixing.” This information is ammunition used against the Christie proposal alleging American sports are at risk.



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