The Third Circuit Court of Appeals gave the U.S. Department of Justice a helping hand in its fight against legalized sports betting in the state of New Jersey Wednesday, adding a few extra seconds to the clock.
The DOJ, along with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and the NCAA, were granted a brief extension in order to file their reply brief in the case, moving the deadline from Thursday to Tuesday, according to John Brennan of NorthJersey.com.
New Jersey and the state thoroughbred horsemen will file their replies on June 7 and oral argument is expected to begin on June 26. The state is appealing a February ruling that prevented casinos in New Jersey from offering sports betting.
The DOJ, the four major sports leagues and the NCAA won that original injunction stating that sports betting in the Garden State would violate the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. New Jersey is arguing that the PASPA is a violation of state’s rights and unconstitutional.