Atlantic City sportsbooks, legal battle set to begin

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The major pro sports leagues and the NCAA hope to keep sportsbooks out of Atlantic City. SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström comments on the pending case in Trenton federal court in today's SBR iGaming news update for Friday, December 14th, 2012, as well as other recent gaming industry headlines.

New Jerseyans are on the edge of their seat waiting for the legal battle with the major pro sports leagues and the NCAA to heat up. US District Court Judge Michael Shipp has ruled that the US Attorney General’s office has until January 20th to intervene.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, referred to as “PASPA”, forbirds sports betting in all US states with the exception of Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana. New Jersey believes this law to be unconstitutional and that is part of the argument they intend to make in court next week. The sports leagues hope for a summary judgment before push comes to shove as PASPA forbids sports betting from being conducted in any of the other states. Under federal law with respect to legal challenges to federal statutes, prior to the AG’s time to intervene expiring, the court may reject the constitutional challenge, but may not enter a final judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.

Bwin Party PLC has ended its standoff with Belgian authorities – with both sides agreeing to drop their legal disputes to allow the gaming operator to re-enter the market. Gaming Intelligence reports that this agreement comes after four weeks of scrutiny by Belgian authorities regarding alleged breaches of the country’s gambling regulations. Bwin was reportedly given the green light to partner up with Belgium’s Belcasinos. Under that parternship, Bwin will power Belcasinos with online sports betting, casino and poker games. For more information on this, check the SBR newswire.

International gambling operator 888 Holdings has inked a deal to serve Facebook with real-money gambling products. The Gibraltar-based company will make its line of bingo and casino games available to Facebook’s UK users. Chief Operating Officer Itai Frieberger released a statement on the deal:

“Our Facebook ‘freemium’ play-for-fun offerings have found a significant audience and we are very excited by the opportunity that real-money gaming on Facebook provides. We are working closely with Facebook on this launch, ensuring we introduce the best of both worlds of real-money and social gaming.”

—Itai Frieberger, 888 COO.
*Credit to iGaming Business for quote.

Finally, perhaps a bit of welcomed news for SBR forum readers. The Amaya Gaming Group has will launch Playboy-branded online poker and lottery products the first quarter of 2013. The Playboy brand, established by Hugh Hefner nearly 60 years ago, averages ten MILLION unique visits each month, and a reported 97% brand awareness. The Amaya Gaming Group is headquartered in Montreal, Canada and provides various gaming and technological services to entertainment companies as well as to operators in regulated gaming markets.

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