New Jersey Sports Betting Case: Judge's Decision due today
Update: US District Judge Shipp issues permanent injunction, blocks NJ from offering sports betting.
US District Court Judge Michael Shipp is due to release his ruling on the New Jersey sports betting case today.
Sportsbook Review reported this week that Judge Shipp heard arguments from New Jersey attorneys and attorneys for the major professional sports leagues and NCAA Thursday, concerning NJ's intent to allow state casinos and racetracks to accept sports wagers.
Shipp will decide on lifting the temporary restraining order or issuing a preliminary injunction stopping the state from accepting sports wagers. New Jersey would then seek to move through the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and possibly the Supreme Court.
It would come as a surprise if Shipp, known as being a conservative judge, decides to lift the restraining order.
Sportsbook Review video host Natalie covers this topic in today's industry news report released today:
New Jerseyans voted to approve a sports betting referendum in 2011. SBR reported October 17 that Governor Chris Christie signed assembly bill 3711 legalizing sports betting.
Existing federal statute the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 ("PASPA") outlaws sports betting throughout the United States with the exceptions of Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana.
New Jersey will now take the case through the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.