New Jersey insists sports betting challenge is without merit

New Jersey insists sports betting challenge is without merit

Friday, October 24, 2014 Totally Gaming

New Jersey has rubbished a legal challenge by North American professional sports leagues and the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) against the US state’s decision to allow sports betting.

The state filed a response to the request to a federal judge earlier this week for an injunction to block the Monmouth Park racetrack from accepting bets this Sunday.

So far the track is the only venue in the state that has said it plans to offer sports wagers after Governor Chris Christie signed a law last Friday to allow sports betting at racetracks and casinos, as long as it is not regulated by the state.

The leagues – American football’s NFL, baseball’s MLB, basketball’s NBA and ice hockey’s NHL – as well as the NCAA claim that they will suffer “irreparable harm” if sports betting is allowed in New Jersey.

It is not known when US District Court judge Michael Shipp will make a final decision on whether an oral argument on the matter is necessary.

The state said in its filing: “Plaintiffs' claims that their multi-billion-dollar businesses will suffer irreparable damage from even short-term wagering at Monmouth Park - when similar wagering has taken place throughout the State of Nevada for more than 50 years, and to a much greater extent - are unsubstantiated and cannot be credited.”

The four leagues and the NCAA have described the bill signed by Governor Christie as a “flagrant violation” of federal law.

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