Posted August 07, 2012

New Jersey sports betting: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA sue over plan


The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA will sue the state of New Jersey over its plan to implement sports betting, according to reports on Twitter.

In May, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced the state would allow gambling on sporting events in defiance of a federal ban. He said that rather than challenging the 1992 law that banned sports betting in all but the four states that had already implemented it by a deadline — Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana — the state would simply proceed with its plans.

At the time, Christie said he anticipated legal action could be taken.

“We intend to go forward,” Christie said in May. “If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us. We want to work with the casinos and horse racing industry to get it implemented.

“Am I expecting there may be legal action taken against us to try to prevent it? Yes. But I have every confidence we’re going to be successful.”


It is important to remember that the original legislation allowing those four states to continue sports betting created an exception at the time for New Jersey to implement their own plan. Although they did not take advantage of it in time, New Jersey will probably argue that since the government was going to let them at the time, they should still have the option now.