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Setback For NJ Sports Betting

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
September 17, 2013

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Atlantic City casinos
Atlantic City casinos (photo by Phil Gregory)

 
Efforts to legalize sports betting in New Jersey have suffered a major setback.

 A three-judge federal appeals court panel has ruled that the state’s betting law conflicts with the 1992 Sports Protection Act that limits the wagering to four states.
 
 Senator Ray Lesniak has been leading the effort for New Jersey to get sports betting. He says it’s a matter of states’ rights.
 

“It involves hundreds of millions of dollars for our casinos and race tracks, thousands of jobs, and we’re going to continue to fight.”
 
Lezniak says he’ll ask the full Court of Appeals or the United States Supreme Court to hear the case.
 

“The only beneficiary of today’s ruling is to organized crime and sports betting rings and Internet offshore betting sites.”
 

New Jersey voters passed a referendum in 2011 to allow sports betting, but plans to allow Atlantic City casinos and the state’s race tracks to accept the wagers are on hold.
 
Professional sports leagues and the NCAA say the betting law would harm the integrity of the games.

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