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New Jersey Sports Betting Argument Appealed To Supreme Court

OCEANPORT: The state is trying one final time to legalize sports betting and bring it to places such as Monmouth Park.

The state filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month in an attempt to overrule the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In August, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal of its ruling that prevented the state from implementing its sports betting law. Nearly a year ago, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia reconsidered its ruling made last summer.

The appeal to the Supreme Court is the only option the state has left to attempt to bring sports betting to New Jersey casinos and race tracks.

In 2012, New Jersey passed the Sports Wagering Act, which permitted the licensing and regulation of sports betting. The State was subsequently sued based on a 1992 statute - the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). In 2013, the U.S. District Court ruled that New Jersey could not proceed with sports wagering and the State appealed.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the District Court's ruling; however, that Court stated that there was nothing that could stop New Jersey from removing prohibitions against sports wagering, thus establishing the roadmap for the Garden State to begin wagering on sports without violating the federal law.

The State of New Jersey subsequently passed legislation that repealed all laws that would make it illegal to take sports wagers at the state's horse tracks and casinos. Monmouth Park was set to proceed with the first such wager on Oct. 26, 2014; however, the sports leagues were granted a temporary restraining order on Oct. 24. Following the issuance of an injunction by the U.S. District Court issued in November of 2014, the State appealed to the Third Circuit. After oral argument in March of 2015, the Aug. 25, 2015 opinion followed.

If sports wagering were allowed in the state, Monmouth Park would be one of the first places where residents could place a bet.

In 2012, Monmouth Park, in anticipation of offering sports wagering, partnered with William Hill, a world leader in gaming, to create a state-of-the-art sportsbook at the racetrack.


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