New Jersey Sports Gambling Battle Begins
U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp flooded the major sports leagues lawyers with tough questions during last week’s hearing in New Jersey. His questions were aimed to reach the bottom of the sports league’s efforts to prevent the state allowing sports betting in Atlantic City casinos.
For instance he asked the lawyers if they knew of any precedent in the history of Congress which limited a legal business to particular states.
According to sources at the hearing they answered no, however, they claimed that it wasn’t the point.
New Jersey is fighting the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act which limited sports wagering to four states. If they are successful then other states are sure to quickly follow suite.
The sports leagues are claiming that it will damage the integrity of college and professional sports.
Ted Olson, a former U.S. solicitor general, argues that climate which the 1992 act was designed for vastly differs from today’s reality and it is no longer relevant.
However, it is almost certain that whatever Shipp rules it will be appealed in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and then probably the Supreme Court.