NJ governor asks court to consider sports betting

Christie asked the Supreme Court to consider his sports betting lawsuit against professional sports leagues.

US.- Chris Christie, New Jersey’s Governor, along with the local Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association asked the Supreme Court to contemplate his sports betting lawsuit against the big professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Back in December, the NCAA along with the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), National Basketball League (NBA) and the Major League Baseball (MLB) filed a brief where they oppose the US Supreme Court case that involves sports betting activity in New Jersey. The governor still said that he’s optimist that the state will have a legalised sports betting market by the third quarter of this year: “I think that we’ll have sports gambling in New Jersey in the next year. Before I leave office, I think we’ll have sports gambling in Monmouth Park.”

Christie filed a brief on new year’s eve, and he’s repealing federal injunctions established in the industry through the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), which settles that states can’t sponsor sports betting. He believes that if it gets declared null, New Jersey wouldn’t be sanctioning sports betting. The Supreme Court will decide if they accept his lawsuit later this month.