The week New Jersey's horse racing industry announced its decision to appeal a decision by a US federal court that bans the Garden State from offering legal and regulated sportsbetting within its borders.
The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association announced the appeal earlier this week, asking the Third Circuit court to look at the ruling that was handed down on August 25th, which handed the state another loss in trying to legalize the activity. The horse racing group claims that the decision's reasoning was the "exact opposite" as a previous ruling, and puts the court in a position of conflict, which cannot happen.
The group's lawyers also claim that thus far there has been little consensus on the state's proposal, making it essential that the 12 judge appeals court panel to look at the case.
New Jersey had previously voted to begin offering legal sportsbetting within its borders, which was immediately challenged by the major sports leagues operating within the United States. Since then, various courts have struck down New Jersey's attempts and legalization, noting that the law comes in conflict with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which only allows for legalized sportsbetting in a handful of states. It is hoped that legalized sportsbetting will produce a boost to the state's casinos and horse tracks, both of which have struggled mightily over the past several years.
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