Tuesday a big day in New Jersey sports betting case

Dec 18, 2012 |
The arguments will pick up again today in federal court in the New Jersey sports betting case and the judge is expected to decide whether to delay the state's intent to hand out licenses to wager on sports next month.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp will hear both sides today in the suit by the NCAA and four major pro sports leagues against New Jersey to halt sports betting in the state. Last week Shipp ruled that today's hearing will be limited to whether or not the leagues have standing to sue New Jersey and denied 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 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. 

If you're new to this issue, this article from the Wall Street Journal today gives a good overview of what the case is all about and where it stands heading into today.

On another New Jersey gambling note, a bill that would allow New Jersey residents to play online versions of casino games anywhere in the state also passed the Assembly on Monday and now goes before the Senate. 

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