New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone isn’t going down without a fight.
After a state judge ruled that professional sports leagues and the NCAA have just cause to sue New Jersey over its push for legalized sports betting earlier this week, Pallone released a statement on the ruling Sunday.
“It is absurd for the professional sports leagues and the NCAA to claim that they will suffer injuries as a result of the legalization of sports betting in New Jersey,” Pallone said. “That these organizations claim that the sports they represent will somehow have their reputation impacted is naïve at best and assumes that illegal gambling is not currently occurring in lieu of legal sports betting. The fact is that the presence of illegal betting and the crime that goes with it has a far greater impact on the legitimacy of sports organizations than legalization in New Jersey would.”
The leagues argued that legal sports betting in New Jersey would
violate the U.S. Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.
Pallone created the New Jersey Betting and Equal Treatment Act of 2012 (NJ BET Act), H.R. 3081 which amends New Jersey from the 46 states prohibited from gambling on sports. Currently, there are only four states that allow sports betting - Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. However, Nevada is the only one that allows single-game wagering.
For Pallone’s full statement, check out this report by John Brennan of NewJersey.com.