Leagues Call on Federal Court to Stop Sports Betting in New Jersey

by | 10.20.2014 | 6:32pm

The legal battle over sports wagering in New Jersey isn't over yet–according to a report by NJ.com, the NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL filed papers in federal court on Monday to halt sports betting in the state, which was slated to begin this weekend at Monmouth Park.

The leagues argue that the law signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Friday is the latest in a series of clever steps around a federal ban on the wagering, and request an immediate injunction. A judge is expected to consider the injunction on Tuesday afternoon in a Trenton court.

Proponents of the practice point to a loophole which may make it permissible as long as the wagering is not regulated or licensed by the state, but by private companies.

Monmouth Park spokesman Dennis Drazen said he believes the leagues have “no chance” to halt sports betting.

Read more at NJ.com

  • Richard C

    The political stunt will soon grind to a halt. If “President” Christie has the massive political clout he claims to wield — passage of new federal legislation to open the gates wide open for sports betting will be a fast slam dunk! Right?? Right?

  • No matter. Too late to take advantage of the Best Bet of The Year – Jets over the Patriots, last Thursday night.

    Meanwhile, it’s good to see the “corruption fighters” – the NCAA – who cynically manipulate & callously use young men to make millions of dollars in profits and who pay their players NOTHING – doing their job uplifting the morals of our country.

    • Bellwether

      Those clowns need to do away with the spread and the injury report then!!!…Ha…Ha…Ha…

  • jazz mania

    “Proponents of the practice point to a loophole which may make it permissible as long as the wagering is not regulated or licensed by the state, but by private companies.”

    L’idée est ici pour le dire en termes imagés de transformer de la “merde” en or.

  • Needles

    Why the NFL is hypocritical…
    1.) The “injury report” is the only one of its type in pro sports. It’s solely for Vegas. Only in the NFL are HIPPA laws ignored for gambling.
    2.) Fantasy Football is “legalized” gambling for which the NFL profits millions.
    3.) Because of 1 & 2 and GAMBLING, the NFL has huge TV ratings which is where they make the majority of their profit.

    So, let’s try to stop NJ from operating LEGAL gambling. Yeah, the NFL is a joke.

    • Figless

      Complete hypocrites, agree. And they want to move a franchise to London where all gambling is legal.

  • Cougar Paisley

    There seems to be this distinction that as long as a private company runs the sports gambling venue, than the State of New Jersey is cleared to allow it. So I pose this question.

    The State of New Jersey, through the NJSEA, own the Monmouth Park property. Only through a lease agreement are the NJ Horsemens Association and Dennis Drazin’s two LLC’s operating the physical space of the racetrack property.

    How then is the State of New Jersey in any way going to be separated from any licencing or regulatory requirements related to sports wagering?

  • The entire concept of racetracks somehow being eligible to profit from other forms of gambling because they were there first is specious at best. If racing cannot compete with these other forms of gambling, they better find a way to do it or perish. It can be done, but as long as racetracks devote their energies to the pursuit of alternative forms of gambling and ignore their own product, the ticking clock is their enemy.

    • Bellwether

      Colonial Downs is a damn good yard stick of what you are talking about as the ONLY reason they ever built that race track was hoping they would have a casino by now but they picked the wrong state…JJ Moon and his clowns never really wanted that track to succeed on its own…Period…We just hope that the right people will purchase it and make it work!!!…

      • Until you out yourself, nothing you say is of any interest to me.

        • William Waters

          Right on, as usual, Barry. I’ve long been convinced that people who hide behind a pseudonym are geldings.

          • Bellwether

            I will show u my balls but my name will stay the same…Its Bellwether AW…

          • Bellwether

            Like John Henry…Forego…Kelso…and KMA!!!…

        • Bellwether

          I don’t really care about your DA anyway big shot…

          • That’s Mr. Big Shot to you pal.

          • Bellwether

            Tell u what lets go with Mr. Pie Face…

    • wabstat

      Mr. Irwin, I normally agree with your insights, but I do believe that sports betting is a different case than other forms of alternative gambling. In my experience, sports bettors and horse players are the same animal, much more closely related than handicappers and slot players. This is the one type of betting that tracks should persue. It will bring bigger crowds into the track, people who, if they don’t already occasionally bet on horses, have the natural inclination to become horseplayers.

      • At least sports betting involved intellect.

  • Wilma Jean

    Delaware went to Federal Court twice and was shot down both times and they were grandfathered into the law!! Tell me how Christie and New Jersey can ignore the Feds and do as they please?

    • Yeah, especially now that Christie has less weight to throw around!

  • Fred A. Pope

    Who speaks for the U.S. Thoroughbred industry on this issue? Where is the NTRA, TOBA, The Jockey Club, the HBPA? Where are the capitalists invested in this sport who have always squashed any and every threat?

    The fact Monmouth Park will get a cut doesn’t change opening the door to legal gambling on sports nationwide, by the drip by drip of each state.

    Betting illegally on sports has been going on for as long as sports have existed, but when an entire industry has its revenue stream threatened by the loss of a monopoly on legal sports gambling and does nothing, then the results are predictable.

    U.S. racing is going the way of England, where the bet taker is more important than the talent producing the show. English bet takers deliver less than 2% of handle to purses and that seems where U.S. purses are headed.

    There is a big difference between the interests of race track owners and the interest of racehorse owners. Tracks are now focused on taking bets, regardless of whether the bet is on casino games or any other endeavor. Are we going to allow our partners to throw us under the bus?

    Racehorse owners and breeders have to decide at what stage do they stop taking handouts from bet takers and control their own destiny.

    If you do not protect your sport, who will?

    • Cougar Paisley

      Well said and well stated.

      This is what I find troubling about Dennis Drazin’s approach to Monmouth Park’s future. His control of the property was derived from his legal and lobbying representation of the NJ Thoroughbred Horsemens Association. (NJTHA). The NJTHA only secured the lease after a supposed falling out between the NJSEA (which owns the Monmouth Park property) and Morris Bailey, owner of Resorts World casino in Atlantic City.

      The NJHTA (a non-profit) was able to step in through Drazin’s persuasion and strong political connections to Governor Christie and state that they would save racing at Monmouth. Once agreements were in place with the State and the horsemens group, the NJHTA went out and hired Drazin and Bob Kulina (former Monmouth general manager) to operate the track. Two LLC’s are formed and split into two distinct entities. One with Drazin and Kulina at the helm to run the racetrack, the other with Drazin and his brother to develop the vast amount of real estate owned by Monmouth Park, through the NJSEA, through the State of New Jersey.

      Groundbreaking for a concert amphitheatre, an upscale restaurant with catering, a wooden boardwalk with concessions has just taken place. Future plans call for a hotel and IMAX theatre amongst other possibilities, in addition to the new million dollar sports betting cafeteria. The Borough of Oceanport, where Monmouth is situated has no control over the development planning process, as everything is being run through the state agencies.

      So, considering this is New Jersey, none of this should surprise our readers here. We have taxpayer dollars in play, real estate development, political theatre, sports gambling, and non-profits.

      Did I mention the “horse”?

    • stevemak

      Many of those same groups have spent the last 10 years begging for slot machines, why would they get in the way of this? Your point on the competition is valid, but at least there is a reasonable overlap between handicappers and sports bettors, as opposed to slot players.

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