New Jersey Sued Over Sports Betting

Following the DOJ decision reversing its position on the scope of the Wire Act, some states have moved forward with legislation to permit certain forms of intrastate gambling. New Jersey, along with Nevada, have been among the first movers. A recent lawsuit challenges a NJ law that permits wagering at casinos and racetracks on the results of certain collegiate and professional sports or athletic events (the "Sports Gambling Law").

The complaint was filed on behalf of the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB, alleging that the Sports Gambling Law is illegal under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which prohibits certain sports betting, subject to certain exceptions which the Plaintiff alleges do not apply.

This lawsuit is not surprising. Governor Christie anticiapted it and acknowledge its liklihood on a May 24, 2012 news conference. We will follow the case and post updates as events unfold.

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