Four Leagues, NCAA Sue To Stop New Jersey Sports Betting
The NCAA and the four major professional sports leagues filed a lawsuit in federal court in Trenton Tuesday morning to attempt to stop New Jersey from allowing sports betting, claiming it would break federal law and threaten the character of the game.
The leagues say that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act only allows betting on collegiate and professional games for four states: Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana. New Jersey was offered a chance to join in 1993 but declined.
In January, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made it legal to sports bet at the state's dozen casinos and four racetracks. Regulations Christie planned to implement should be in effect within the next two months.
The leagues are very concerned about "reputations and goodwill" between fans and teams.
"The sponsorship, operation, advertising, promotion, licensure, and authorization of sports gambling in New Jersey," the lawsuit states, "would irreparably harm amateur and professional sports by fostering suspicion that individual plays and final scores of games may have been influenced by factors other than honest athletic competition."
This fight is certainly not ending anytime soon, and people are so divided on the issue that strong economic interests will likely continue to push for what they want on both sides.
I don't see the sports betting having any significant impact on the major sports leagues, and I think this new law may help the New Jersey economy.
I'm predicting Chris Christie will win this battle. The New Jersey Governor is pretty tough. Have you seen him on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk?