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U.S. government joins lawsuit over New Jersey sports betting law


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(Reuters) - The U.S. government has joined a lawsuit from college and professional sports leagues seeking to stop New Jersey from implementing a law that would allow gambling on sports in the state.

In papers filed in a New Jersey federal court on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice said it wants to defend the constitutionality of a federal law that restricts sports gambling.

New Jersey's law, signed last year by Governor Chris Christie, would allow sports betting at the state's racetracks and at Atlantic City casinos. It would allow the racetracks and casinos to apply for licenses and open gambling operations for amateur and professional sports.

A slew of leagues, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League, sued the state in August, saying the law would violate the federal restrictions on sports betting.

The law would "irreparably harm amateur and professional sports by fostering suspicion that individual plays and final scores of games may have been influenced by factors other than honest athletic competition," the leagues said.

Last month, Judge Michael Shipp denied an effort by New Jersey to have the case thrown out, ruling that the leagues had standing to sue.

On Tuesday, the judge granted the government's request to intervene in the case, and said it could participate in oral arguments slated for Feb. 14 on the constitutionality of the federal sports betting regulations.

The case is NCAA et al. v. Chris Christie et al., U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, No. 12-4947.

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The law would "irreparably harm amateur and professional sports by fostering suspicion that individual plays and final scores of games may have been influenced by factors other than honest athletic competition"

I figured out long ago, that many major sports events are rigged. :laugh: Nothing surprising.

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It's a ridiculous argument when sportspeople like Lance Armstrong cheat anyway. And it's weird how some parts of the US are so puritanical, especially when others like Las Vegas are so liberal. Gambling on sport is commonplace in the UK and I've never seen an issue with it, although it's not something I'm at all interested in.

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Yet here in Australia we have a new web site called bet365 I think it is. Advertised on tele by Samuel L Jackson!

You can bet on anything at all, they'd probably even take a bet on two flies crawling up a wall. Not a gambler myself, but there you go.

Put the right rules in place and the state governments can make a fortune out of it.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-05-25/key-facts-gambling-in-australia/2730414

Quite a bit of money it seems! :)

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What is the different between that and Vegas (Nevada) And any other state?

The games are already rigged in cooperation with the big bookies there, this would add competition to that and the bookies rather not have competition skewing the odds

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The games are already rigged in cooperation with the big bookies there, this would add competition to that and the bookies rather not have competition skewing the odds

For whatever reason, after thinking about this a bit I think it will be struck down. There's just too many temptations there.

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