A New Jersey State law legalizing sports gambling in Atlantic City casinos suffered a major setback in federal court yesterday. The New Jersey law legalizing sports gambling was passed in early 2012, and was almost immediately challenged in court by the NFL, NHL, NBA, Major League Baseball and the NCAA. In addition, the NCAA has already relocated six championships, in five different sports, that had been scheduled to take place in New Jersey.
In yesterday’s ruling, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey upheld the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which outlawed sports gambling in all states other than Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware – thus striking down New Jersey’s law.
New Jersey is expected to appeal the District Court’s ruling to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and, potentially, the U.S. Supreme Court.
The final adjudication of this law should be of interest to all gaming attorneys and those interested in sports gambling law in general.
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