The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has issued a directive to the country's professional sports leagues to file their brief in regards to an appeal filed by the state of New Jersey in regards to offering legal sportsbetting within their borders.
The directive is seen as a major victory for New Jersey, as the Appeals Court rarely takes cases such as this. Attorneys for the league will have 14 days to file a response, and sports attorney Daniel Wallach was quite bullish on New Jersey's prospects for victory, noting: "New Jersey's chances, under any measurement, received a significant boost today because these things usually just get swiftly denied."
New Jersey is attempting to offer up legal and regulated sportsbetting within their state borders, which is vehemently opposed by professional sports leagues, who claim that sportsbetting is illegal under the Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Thus far courts have agreed with the sports leagues, ruling against New Jersey and keeping the industry from establishing itself in the Garden State.