The United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals has set the deadlines for the New Jersey Attorney General’s office as well as the NCAA and sports leagues involved in the sports betting case within the state, giving deadlines for brief filing on both sides. The Attorney General’s office has until the 14th of this month to file a brief for the case while the leagues have until the 13th of February to reply.
Both parties of the case recommended a schedule for filing briefs and the court has approved this schedule. Once the four professional sports leagues respond in February, the state has until the 27th of February to reply.
In the fall of 2013, a Third Circuit panel split the decision 2 to 1 in favor of the sports leagues on the constitutional standing of a sports betting law of the state. In June of 2014, another sports betting law was passed which just so happened to be a few days after the United States Supreme Court decided to not take on the case.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed this version of the bill by August stating that the bill was being rushed to passage. By October, a more complete version of the bill was signed into law by the governor. By November, US District Court Judge Michael Shipp had issued a permanent injection that would prevent Monmouth Park from offering sports betting options. According to NorthJersey.com, the park was the only track or casino to announce their plan to offer sports betting.
Adam Silver, the NBA Commissioner is involved in the case and recently called out New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, asking the governor to help with federal legislation. Silver has commented that since gambling is prevalent in the US, yet illegal, it would be better for the NBA to see legalized gambling on a federal level.
Christie responded, as we reported earlier in the week, stating that Silver was applying a ‘bait and switch’ tactic since he is involved in the sports betting case in New Jersey but wants to see legislation created on a federal level.
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