Sports betting interview with NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak
Update: View the latest NJ Sports Betting Interview with State Senator Raymond Lesniak.
Sportsbook Review reported that New Jersey was declined both by the US District Court as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in its efforts to bring sports betting to the state. Senator Lesniak was also interviewed by SBR during that time-frame.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act ("PASPA") of 1992 prohibits sports betting across the US with the exceptions of Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana. Nevada is the one largest beneficiary under the federal statute, operating a monopoly out west although Delaware does have parlay style wagering in their casinos.
Governor Chris Christie was among those who predicted the fight to bring sports betting to New Jersey would go all the way up to the Supreme Court. That very well could happen if the nation's highest court decides to take on the case. This all started back in August 2012 when the four major US professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed a lawsuit in Trenton federal court seeking to block the state from proceeding with its plans to accept sports bets.
If the Supreme Court decides that the existing federal statute PASPA precludes the state, Senator Lesniak has vowed to proceed anyway, likening the conflict between state and federal laws to what's transpiring with respect to marijuana legality in Washington and Colorado.
Legal updates on the sports betting case will be posted as they become available.