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Sports Betting At Monmouth Park Dealt Another Blow

OCEANPORT: Those hoping to see sports betting introduced at Monmouth Park and other racetracks and casinos around the state were dealt some bad news today.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals, today, 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.

Congressman Frank Pallone announced the court's decision today in a press release.

"I am deeply disappointed with the Third Circuit's ruling," said Pallone. "The decision is both hypocritical and unfair as several states can already operate sports betting and millions of Americans are essentially betting on sports through Daily Fantasy Sports websites. The citizens of New Jersey overwhelmingly support legalized sports betting and the Third Circuit's decision will prevent the collection of revenue that will come with it. I remain committed to seeing sports betting become legal in New Jersey and will work to pass the bipartisan legislation Congressman LoBiondo and I have introduced that would allow sports gaming."

Pallone and Congressman Frank LoBiondo have introduced two bills that that would provide for changes in the law that would allow sports gaming in New Jersey. H.R. 457 (Pallone) would exempt New Jersey from current federal gaming law that led to this case and H.R. 416 (LoBiondo) opens a window in which all states can enact a law providing for sports gambling in their state until January 1, 2019. Both lawmakers are again co-sponsoring the other's legislation, according to the release.

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The State of New Jersey subsequently passed legislation that repealed all laws that would make it illegal to take sports wagers at the state's horse tracks and casinos.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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