New Jersey’s Monmouth Park has filed to sue the major US sports leagues NFL, NBA and MLB for more than $150m, stating their interference in previous sports betting approvals was an act of perjury.
Evidence given to a New Jersey District Court by the leagues in 2014 prevented the approval of then governor Chris Christie’s Sports Wagering Act, which in turn denied Monmouth substantial potential revenue.
“The commissioners falsely described to this court in meticulous detail the catastrophic consequences they swore would follow from the spread of sports betting,” said attorney Ronald Riccio. “None of this was close to being true.”
“Behind this court’s back, each commissioner’s league and team owners made huge profits from the spread of sports betting, both on the outcome of their games and their players’ performances in their games.”
Monmouth Park, the first legal sportsbook in the state of New Jersey, issued the court papers in May, following the ready development of commercial relationships between the leagues and sports betting operators following the US Supreme Court decision.
Attorneys for New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Inc, operators of Monmouth Park, petitioned US District Court Judge Michael Shipp by stating the leagues acted “in bad faith by wrongfully blocking the NJTHA from operating a sports betting venue at Monmouth Park during the time period October 26, 2014 to May 18, 2018.”
In a written response to the court, the collective sporting leagues claimed the request for compensation from Monmouth was “meritless, if not frivolous.”