The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement is warning affiliate sites that promote offshore sites within their borders that they face legal action should they continue providing links to the casinos.
The notice serves as a scare tactic to affiliates, looking to try and get them to remove links to the sites in an effort to keep traffic on their own sites. Whether or not the tactic holds water legally is unknown, but affiliate sites would have to drop large legal fees to fight the suits. Thus, it's likely that the letters will have the intended effect for many, causing them to shut traffic down to the Garden State.
The letter in part reads: "This letter shall serve as official notice that your website, by offering unauthorized gaming links, is promoting activity that is contrary to New Jersey and federal law. We request that you immediately remove any online gaming links that are not authorized under federal law or the law of any State.
"The division will not license or register any company that is promoting illegal sites, as this activity negatively affects that company's good character, honesty, and integrity."
The move comes as DGE employee David Rebuck spoke about the offshore sites in the country, noting: "The illegal market is massive in the US. And it has been for a long time, stunningly to us.
"In the US market, anybody can take two seconds to open their cell phone and search their state or tribe. And type in, 'How do I place a sports wagering bet in Nebraska?'…It'll instantly take you to an illegal website.
"And that website could be readily accessible. Within a short time, you'll be able to open an account and commence wagering."