The legalization of sports betting on the territory of the United States of America has been a very popular subject of conversation in the last few weeks. Supporters of this should wait a little while longer before they start praising New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The Governor has just lost yet another legal battle with the five most powerful US sports leagues. In a decision which has spent a long time coming, the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB earned a very narrow legal victory in their effort to prevent casinos and racetracks from New Jersey from offering sports betting similar to the one in Vegas. As a direct result of this ruling, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) will remain the law of the land, limiting the expansion of sports gambling.
“PASPA, by its terms, prohibits states from authorizing by law sports gambling. We conclude that the 2014 law violates PASPA because it authorizes by law sports gambling.” declared a pretty divided United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
The lead attorney for the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB has this to say about the debacle: “On behalf of my clients, I’m really trying to prohibit, you know, prevent there from being a Christie III.”
This is definitely not the last time we will hear about this dispute since there are plenty of other states who have plans for the future related to sports gambling.