Legal battle stands in way of Atlantic City sportsbooks

New Jersey residents are going to have to wait a little longer for sportsbooks in Atlantic City. District Judge Michael Shipp rejected the argument that the major sports leagues and NCAA would be unable to prove financial damages if New Jersey were to proceed with allowing sportsbooks to operate in Atlantic City.

Shipp cited research offered by the sports leagues regarding fan perception on potential game-fixes or point-shaving.

In 2008, NBA official Tim Donaghy was convicted for his role in a gambling scandal to alter the point-spread of NBA games. New Jersey now intends to attack the constitutionality of federal statute PASPA, that is the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection act of 1992, which outlaws sports betting nationwide with the exception of Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware.

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