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Fantasy Sports Betting Coming To Monmouth Park

OCEANPORT: Monmouth Park is moving with fantasy sports betting following a ruling by the United States District Court on Nov. 21.

Dennis Drazin, advisor to Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park, said he feels the ruling does not stop Monmouth Park from offering fantasy sports betting.

The Court specifically said that it was not entering an injunction against the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association," Drazin said. "We are having our legal team evaluate yesterday's ruling to determine the appropriate course of action consistent with the Court's ruling and with what the leagues and others are currently doing. On its face, the Court's ruling does not restrain Monmouth Park from partaking in this type of activity. Furthermore, we intend to continue our efforts to bring sports betting to our facility."

A fantasy sport is a game where participants act as owners to build a team that competes against other fantasy owners based on the statistics generated by the real individual players or teams of a professional sport. Several web sites, including Yahoo and ESPN.com offer fantasy sports leagues for the NFL, NBA and MLB.

The state is expected to appeal the Nov. 21 decision to Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Drazin said that will not change the race track's plan for fantasy sports betting.

While no date has been set for the commencement of fantasy sports betting, Drazin said it will begin "in the near future."


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