Bet You: N.J. Aims to Legalize Sports Wagering

Bet You: N.J. Aims to Legalize Sports Wagering

The New Jersey sports gambling case story is not getting a ton of coverage, but it could prove to be a fairly significant one in 2013. In November 2011, the stateapproved a non-binding referendum to allow sports betting. In January 2012, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation to allow sports betting, and subsequently announced plans to implement a wagering system across the state before the end of the 2012 NFL season.


In making this announcement, Christie stated that those who opposed New Jersey's plan would need to take action to stop them. Such action in the recent past has come under the Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). The law has regulated sports betting throughout the United States, providing exceptions to states that had sports gambling in place between January 1, 1976 and August 31, 1990. This allowed for different levels of sports gambling in Oregon, Delaware, Montana and Nevada.


The four major professional sports and the NCAA have all taken issue with New Jersey's attempt to pass this new law, and have filed suit under PASPA. Professional and amateur sports have frequently taken up the cause of limiting sports gambling, most recently in Delaware when that state tried to expand its sport betting operation. Delaware was allowed to continue their parlay card system, but could not expand to the level of Nevada, which allows for single-game betting. A federal appeals court ruled that single-game betting in Delaware would violate PASPA.

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