The judge in the leagues' case against New Jersey on legalizing sports betting has said arguments next week in Trenton will be limited to whether the NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL will have standing to sue the state, according to the latest from John Brennan of NorthJersey.com.
The argument was also going to include the leagues' motion for summary judgment on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 that prevents 46 states from offering sports betting.
“..the court is inclined to conduct oral argument as scheduled,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge, Michael Shipp.
“However, the court is constrained to limit the arguments to standing rather than hear Parties’ comprehensive positions regarding all of the issues presented in the pending motions."
The judge recently gave a deadline of Jan. 20 for the U.S. Attorney's Office to get involved in the case if it so chooses to do so and the state still appears intent on beginning to issue licenses to wager on sports as early as Jan. 9.
Brennan's report also included some interesting insight from Washington attorney Jeff Ifrah, whom Brennan paraphrased as saying: "Either the federal government goes to the mat to defend the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, or it walks away and lets the leagues’ case crumble."