The cause for Sports betting in New Jersey faced a setback on Tuesday, as the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals moved to uphold the prohibition of sports gambling in the state by a 10-to-2 vote.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he court ruled that the state’s 2014 attempt at legalizing the practice violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the 1992 federal law that prohibits sports gambling in all but four states: Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware.
The state’s drive for sports betting has long been opposed by sports leagues the NCAA, MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL, who won their first victory in U.S. District Court, arguing that the expansion of legalized gambling violates federal law.
One of the two dissenting judges who supported the state, Judge Julio M. Fuentes, wrote that New Jersey’s attempted repeal of its sports gambling prohibitions did not amount to an authorization of sports betting in the state – the grounds on which it was rejected – because New Jersey would not be officially regulating sports gambling, instead merely allowing it, with this responsibility falling to the casinos and racetracks. Fuentes asserted that a literal reading of PASPA would therefore allow the state’s proposed move.
Sports-law expert, Daniel Wallach said that New Jersey has until 7th November to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, with longtime supporter of legalised gambling, State Senator Raymond Lesniak confirming to ESPN that the state will pursue this course of action, despite the fact that it may be, in his words, “a long shot.”