Federal ban on sports wagering promoted by appeals panel

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015|9:26 a.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP)– The federal ban on sports betting in all but 4 states was upheld Tuesday, dealing a blow to New Jersey’s latest effort to broaden betting choices to aid its struggling gambling establishment and racetrack industries.

However the 2-1 ruling by a panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia left the door open for New Jersey to further appeal the matter to the full court.

The state has actually been attempting given that 2009 to legislate sports wagering at its casinos and racetracks. 4 of Atlantic City’s 12 casinos enclosed 2014.

At problem in the appeal was whether a 2014 New Jersey law rescinding restrictions against sports betting breaches a 1992 federal ban in all states other than Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware.

Before the ban was enacted, New Jersey was given the opportunity to become the 5th state but failed to act during a prescribed window.

State Sen. Ray Lesniak stated the judges got it wrong and forecasted the case would be appealed shortly.

“We repealed a law for sports wagering at casinos and racetracks, which does not break” the federal ban, he said. “We are enabled to do that.”

Geoff Freeman, president of the American Gaming Association, the casino industry’s national trade organization, stated the court ruling weeps out for closer examination of the concern.

“With Americans wagering a minimum of $140 billion on sports illegally each year, it’s clear that present law is not attaining its desired outcome,” he said in an email.

Big league Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and the NCAA all support the ban, saying it promotes the integrity of the games in the general public’s mind.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred have individually revealed some level of assistance for taking a make over at sports betting outdoors Nevada, the only state to permit wagers on individual games at betting parlors.

NFL representative Greg Aiello declined to comment. “The choice speaks for itself,” he said.

New Jersey’s earlier efforts to overturn the ban in court were rebuffed when the U.S. Supreme Court decreased in 2014 to hear its difficulty to the federal law. The state likewise began allowing Web gaming in 2013.

The appeals court judges who concurred with ban are Maryanne Trump Barry, the sis of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and Marjorie Rendell. Judge Julio Fuentes dissented.

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