This week it was revealed that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has written to various media outlets in the state, asking them to not publicize information related to unlicensed sportsbetting sites.
The request was made in a letter written by DGE Director David Rebuck, who urged the media sources not to cite odds from unlicensed sites as they're not safe or legal for players in New Jersey to play at. The regulator is asking that anytime an unlicensed site is used in a story the outlet should:
- Include a statement that the site doesn't hold a gaming license in New Jersey
- Post a link to the DGE website where they can find approved vendors
There's no way for the DGE to enforce this request though, as the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution would likely come into play. That amendment dictates that the government may not restrict the speech of the press or citizens. As such, this is merely a request with no teeth, and it would appear that betting sites would be wise to market themselves better in order to be a recognized source for betting odds.