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Setback for New Jersey sportsbetting

Federal judge has ruled leagues including NFL and NCAA may challenge eastern state’s plans to introduce online sports wagering.

Friday 28th December 2012

After ratifying legislation earlier in the year that authorised its casinos to offer intra-state online sportsbetting, New Jersey could be in for a long legal battle with news that a federal judge has ruled that sports leagues can challenge the American state's efforts on their own rather than relying on intervention from Washington, DC. In his ruling last week, United States District Judge Michael Shipp stated that leagues including the National Football League (NFL) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) had demonstrated that they would be injured if New Jersey offered online sportsbetting as fans might take a lower view of the integrity of the games on offer. For its part, the state had argued that the leagues could not prove that they would be injured if it added sportsbetting and didn't have standing to bring a case since illegal online wagering and legal betting in Nevada is already big business. In response, the leagues declared that fans' perception of the integrity of their games could decline since there would be more overall gambling and it would appear to be sanctioned by the government. The ruling allows broader legal challenges to New Jersey by the leagues to continue, which could at least temporarily halt the eastern state’s plans to allow casinos and race tracks to begin taking wagers on sports next year.

Source: OnlineCasinoNews

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