Apparently the sports betting saga continues in New Jersey after a federal judge has made a move to block the option from taking place in the state. While everyone thought sports betting would finally begin with Monmouth Park over the weekend, a restraining order was put in place to stop the state from being able to allow players to place sports wagers.
A report at NorthJersey.com states that United States District Court Judge Michael Shipp ruled that the restraining order placed on sports betting in the state, though temporary, applied to all forms of sports. Shipp was asked by attorney Ron Riccio what the order applied to and if it only covered those organizations that were suing to stop sports betting. The judge replied that the order was limited to sports of the plaintiffs which includes the MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA and NCAA.
However, Monmouth Park operator, Dennis Drazin, stated in the report that Shipp added an addendum which would push the ban to include all sports. The only exception would be the sports options mentioned in the 1992 federal sports law. This includes horse/dog racing and jai alai. Drazin stated further that it seemed as though Shipp thought more about his ruling after he left the bench and made this addition.
Drazin says they intend to press for sports betting in all forms as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was passed as a way to prevent sports betting from spreading beyond Nevada, all those years ago. Operators must now wait and see if Shipp will decide to supplement the restraining order. The order will expire on November 7th and Shipp has the option of creating a permanent injunction that would stop sports betting while the court case is ongoing. Over the next four weeks, a hearing should take place on the subject.
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