New Jersey Authorities to Decide Whether Monmouth Park Should Offer Sports Betting

MonmouthRepresentatives of both professional and college sports leagues in New Jersey have been fighting against the state’s legislation, which allows gambling operators to offer sports betting, for quite some time.

Last Tuesday, they requested the court to place a temporary restraining order on Monmouth Park racetrack, which has been allowed to start offering sports betting as of October 26. It was reported that a U.S. federal judge is expected to make a decision on the matter no later than Friday.

The professional and college sports leagues’ argument is that they will suffer serious harm, if Monmouth Park is to act in compliance with the legislation that was signed by Gov. Chris Christie and came into effect on October 17.

Local media reported that Michael Shipp, a U.S. District Judge, gave the state of New Jersey until Wednesday to submit its filing against the temporary restricting order that the professional and college leagues had previously filed.

Later today, the leagues will be given the opportunity to reply to the arguments of the state, and Judge Shipp will decide on Friday whether the temporary restraining order will be approved, or if he would prefer to hear out a debate between the two parties.

Those who follow the case closely believe that Judge Shipp is likely to give the nod to the temporary restraining order. In other words, Monmouth Park will most certainly continue to offer its free-play bets from this weekend on and nothing will considerably change for the operator.

The professional and college sports leagues told Judge Shipp that local authorities should eventually make a decision whether they will loosen up the current regulations or prohibit sports betting completely.

The bill that Gov. Christie approved last Friday revokes the laws that ban sports betting only at Atlantic City-based casinos as well as racetracks across the state. The bill, however, does not offer a comprehensive framework for control and regulation of the activity.

The sports leagues accused the state of trying to use “word play”, in order to prepare a “disguised” bill and to be able to pass it. It also argues that New Jersey contradicts itself, and goes against its own constitution, which does not allow gambling, unless not specifically permitted by local authorities.

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