Court Upholds Law Prohibiting Sports Betting in New Jersey
by Anthony Caruso on September 20, 2013
The legalization of sports betting in New Jersey is becoming more bleak, following a court's recent decision to uphold a lower court's ruling prohibiting passage of the betting legislation.
A three-panel federal appeals court affirmed the ruling that the Garden State's new sports betting law violates federal statute, and therefore should not be implemented. While legal analysts were divided about how the federal appeals court would rule, recent attention the case garnered about sports law, state sovereignty and the integrity of sports has led many to believe that the issue will eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. State Sen. Ray Lesniak - a strong supporter for legalizing sports gambling - said as much following the ruling, which may pave the way for the nation's premier court to make a final determination about the dispute, which is beginning to prompt other states to consider their own sports betting options.
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