The state of New Jersey has been handed a major defeat in regards to its 2014 bill that would have legalized sportsbetting in its borders following a 10-2 ruling the United States Court of Appeals.
The ruling confirms every other ruling by the federal court system, which claims the New Jersey law contradicts the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which was signed into law in the 1990s. The state of New Jersey has been claiming that PASPA is unconstitutional, as that law doesn't allow for equal protections under the US Constitution.
In their ruling the court wrote: "Because PASPA, by its terms, prohibits states from authorising by law sports gambling, and because the 2014 law does exactly that, the 2014 law violates federal law."
The ruling is not popular among those in the gambling industry, and American Gaming Association President Geoff Freeman spoke out about the ruling, noting: "Washington has a responsibility to fix a failed law that it created nearly 25 years ago. A federal government prohibition has driven an illegal, and occasionally dangerous, sports betting market of at least $150 billion annually.
"Law enforcement, mayors, leaders in sports, fans and many others agree that it's time for a regulated sports betting marketplace that protects consumers, communities and the integrity of sports we enjoy."
The only avenue open now for New Jersey is to appeal to the US Supreme Court, although it is unknown as to whether or not that will occur.
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