New Jersey’s Legalized Sports Betting Law

Bryan M. Buffalino, member of the Litigation and Employment Groups, authored the article Third Circuit Plans to Revisit New Jersey’s Legalized Sports Betting Law, which was published on NJ.com on November 2, 2015.

The article discusses the latest news regarding the State of New Jersey’s battles with legalized sports betting. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announced that there would be a rehearing, en blanc, and thereby vacated the previous August 2015 decision in favor of the major professional and amateur sports leagues. “An en banc is a session where a case is heard before all of the judges of a court, or before the entire bench, rather than a panel selected from among them.”

In 2012, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation legalizing sports betting in New Jersey casinos and racetracks. In response, the “NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA” challenged this legislation in August 2012, and sued the State of New Jersey.

As Mr. Buffalino further explains, “Currently, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) prohibits state-sponsored sports betting in all but four states: Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana. New Jersey is trying to evade the ban by arguing that, so long as the state does not regulate the betting, the federal law does not prevent private casinos and racetracks from allowing sports betting in their facilities.”

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