Court Stops New Jersey's Effort to Legalize Sports Betting

– New York Law Journal 

A New Jersey federal judge last month rejected New Jersey's latest attempt to legalize sports betting, ruling that a state statute that repealed New Jersey's long-standing prohibition on sports betting at casinos and racetracks violates the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)-a federal law banning sports betting across the nation. New Jersey had resurrected its long-standing bid to legalize sports betting through a series of novel but risky legal maneuvers that seized on language from a 2013 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In that decision, NCAA v. Christie (Christie I), the Third Circuit ruled that an earlier New Jersey law authorizing sports gambling was unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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