Sides make oral arguments in New Jersey sports betting appeal

Jun 26, 2013 |
The State of New Jersey and lawyers representing the Department of Justice, NCAA and four major sports leagues put on the gloves over legalizing sports betting in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia Wednesday.

Lawyers for both the state and those opposing New Jersey’s push for sports gambling will each have 30 minutes to present their oral argument in the case, according to John Brennan of

Ted Olson, who won the Bush vs. Gore U.S. Supreme Court case which decided the 2000 Presidential election, is arguing for New Jersey while Paul Clement, who failed in his attempt to crush the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court, is representing the sports leagues and Paul Fishman is speaking on behalf of the DOJ. Each will have 15 minutes.

New Jersey, which lost an original judge’s ruling which blocked sports betting in the state back in February, is arguing that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 is unconstitutional. The PASPA forbids wagering on sports in all but four states, and only allows single-game betting in Nevada.

"Let's face reality - it's a $380 billion industry annually throughout the country, and most of that is done illegally. In that huge market, just under $2.8 billion is wagered in Nevada,” State Assemblyman John Amodeo told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "With our location on the East Coast, it could be a $100 billion industry here."

In May attorney generals in Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and Kansas sided with New Jersey’s cause, filing amicus briefs to support the Garden State fight against the PASPA. Other states are watching this court battle closely, with interest in following in New Jersey’s path if they are able to overturn the ban.

Here are two good follows - Joe Brennan Jr. and Griffin Finan - both of whom will be live Tweeting the proceedings:

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