Judge sides with leagues, blocks sports betting in New Jersey

A New Jersey judge has ruled in favor of four pro sports leagues and the NCAA, upholding the law which prohibits the state from going forward in its plan for legal sports betting.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp denied New Jersey’s claim that the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which prohibits sports betting in all but four grandfathered states, is a violation of the state’s sovereignty and unconstitutional.

“Although some of the questions raised in this case are novel, judicial intervention is generally unwarranted no matter how unwise a court considers a policy decision of the legislative branch,” Shipp wrote in his opinion late Thursday night. “As such, to the extent the people of New Jersey disagree with PASPA, their remedy is not through passage of a state law or through the judiciary, but through the repeal or amendment of PASPA in Congress.”

The next move for the state is to move the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit in Philadelphia.

New Jersey’s referendum to allow sports betting received 64 percent of the vote back in November 2011 and Governor Chris Christie swiftly made it a state law. However, the pro sports leagues and NCAA filed a case against New Jersey in August and Shipp ruled that the leagues may challenge the state in late December. The U.S. Department of Justice jumped on the pile in January, joining the case against N.J. to defend the PASPA.

“The Court begins its analysis of these issues with the time-honored presumption that PASPA, enacted by a co-equal branch of government, is constitutional,” Shipp wrote. “Moreover, the Court is required to adopt an interpretation that would deem the statute constitutional so long as that reading is reasonable. Pursuant to this mandate, the Court has determined that PASPA is a reasonable expression of Congress’ powers and is therefore constitutional.”

The PASPA prohibits sports betting in all but 46 states, excluding Delaware, Oregon, Montana, and Nevada – the only state to offer single-game wagering. One of the league’s biggest arguments was that the progression of sports betting beyond those grandfathered states would threaten the integrity of the sports and tarnish their reputation with fans, claiming it would open the door for match fixing.

“PASPA was enacted to prevent the spread of legalized sports gambling and safeguard the integrity of professional and amateur sports. The Senate Judiciary Committee has concluded that sports gambling is a ‘national problem’ that in the absence of federal legislation would spread throughout the country unabashedly," Shipp stated.

New Jersey was given a chance to become one of the grandfathered states and offer sports gambling within a year during the creation of the PASPA in 1992 but declined to do so.

Nevada sportsbooks recently celebrated a record handle for the third straight year in 2012, taking in $3.4 billion in bets, and earned a total of $170 million – the second-highest win amount in the history of the state.

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Posted by tt654
1 year ago

Ha,,, covers auto corrects the s word to garbage.... lmao
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Posted by tt654
1 year ago

Here in what everyone thinks is inbreed Country... Gambling is in a battle everyday. In Alabama the Indians are stealing millions with "Bingo" millions. The white guy that tries to open a "bingo" glorified slot machine, business gets railroaded after the State lets him build a 50 million dollar hotel. Which is rumored to be financially backed from Vegas, AC and other tycons in the biz. So the Indians have " limited" regulation and the white guy gets attacked closed seized and shut down. What the f...? Either close them all or appoint licenses, tax the garbage out of them and lets go on. Hell there is a 5-10$ raked poker game underground on every street corner. These cronies are losing millions in pork they could get to f... off. Gambling is a cash business and motivations are cash driven as is Church(hence bible belt). Either get in there and tighten the noose on all of it or none of it. Oh and since this real subject here is sports more bookies play poker than working peeps. Although there are some trailer trash inbreeds here everyone in the south isnt stupid.... eeeek squeal like a pigggg boi!
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Posted by sirrobinhood
1 year ago

this maybe the law or act in US history that can't be overturned or changed. what a crock of shyt. scared of fixing and integrity... i guess horse racing, etc. is exempt from fixing. just self serving sacks of shyt....
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Posted by Pendo
1 year ago

The Lottery passed by Congress in 1823 for D.C's beautification saw it's organizers abscond with the proceeds, the winner never paid - no problem. These things happen. When lotteries were disbanded, it was discovered that promoters had made huge sums of ill-gotten gains. Once again, those who study the laws made by man had no problem. Playing the ponies is fine even though horse racing's rife with fraud. NFL & NBA refs admit to cheating; MLB umps are on record with statements of their bias. The rigging of matches in Soccer, the largest, richest, and most popular game worldwide hasn't stopped the matches nor their continuing to be rigged. But somehow, most miraculously the USA's national sports are so untainted. pristine, and downright honest that liars, lawyers, and the gang of jurists & thieves, including this Judge Shipp must do nothing for the majority of people which might alter it's state of purity.
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Posted by maxxplayer
1 year ago

The politicians Who were in power in 92' were shortsighted and ultimately the blame for this situation . Bad decision then , New Jersey suffering for it now.
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Posted by Sidehatch
1 year ago

You are correct sir. From a legal standpoint, the decision makes sense. The federal law says "no sportsbetting in NJ," the state law conflicts, and federal law always defeats state law under the Supremacy Clause. The politicians in 1992 clearly had the opportunity to opt for inclusion as a legal sportsbetting state in 1992, and failed to do so. While I'd personally like to find a way to reverse Shipp's opinion, I have to admit that it is pretty sound.
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Posted by mylife23
1 year ago

sports gambling is a "national problem"? So casino gambling isn't then? Haha
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Posted by Slurve-Ball
1 year ago

The casino have easier time taking your money so thats ok
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Posted by BonLuu
1 year ago

Typical politic BS
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Posted by Duggan31
1 year ago

Let the people bet on sports instead of slot machines that are breaking everone
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Posted by Zoot
1 year ago

Delaware, Oregon, & Montana? I had no idea
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Posted by rogers12
1 year ago

gee what afuckin surprise
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Posted by mylife23
1 year ago

"sports gambling is a "national problem"? So casino gambling isn't then? Haha"