Late Friday a US Federal Judge issued a temporary injunction against New Jersey's regulated sports betting industry, preventing the state's first sports bets from taking place this last Sunday.
US Federal Judge Michael Shipp issued the injunction due to a request by the major US sports leagues, who have sued to keep New Jersey from offering intrastate sports betting wagers. The state had recently legalized the bets, after a previous attempt was shot down in federal court.
The sports leagues behind the lawsuit include the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, and the NCAA.
In his ruling Judge Shipp said that he found that the major US sports leagues would be irreparably harmed if sports bets were accepted in the Garden State. “More legal gambling leads to more total gambling, which in turns leads to an increased incentive to fix plaintiffs’ matches," Shipp wrote in his opinion. "The public interest is served in preserving the status quo until the merits of a serious controversy can be fully considered by the court."
The Judge then gave all of the parties until Monday, October 27th to submit briefs that could argue against a more permanent injunction.
The Monmouth Park horse racing track was scheduled to begin accepting sports wagers on Sunday, October 26th, and it it is now being forced to take a step back and wait for a final ruling.
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