New Jersey is vowing to move ahead with its sports betting regardless of what the Supreme Court does or does not do.
On June 23, the betting world might find out if the U.S. Supreme Court is willing to take up the case of New Jersey to make sports betting legal inside the state.
Nevertheless, Ray Lesniak a state senator from New Jersey said that racetracks could open their wagering on games by the start of the football season at the end of August, even if the country’s highest court will not hear the New Jersey cases, according to a report out of Atlantic City.
New Jersey wants the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act thrown out. The law restricts 46 of the 50 U.S. states from sponsoring sports betting and one that has the support of the four major sports leagues in the country – NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB. In addition, the NCAA also supports the act.
If the Supreme Court were to decide not to hear the case, Senator Lesniak said he would push lawmakers in the state to sanction sports betting at the racetracks throughout the state prior to the start of the NFL season.
According to the reports out of Atlantic City Lesniak has legislation drafted and is waiting to be dropped on the floor of the New Jersey legislature.
Lesniak is expecting that the first bet placed will be placed on September 8 at Monmouth Park, when the New York giants host the Detroit Lions for Monday Night Football. The senator said he would be the first person in line that night to place his bet.
Bookmaker William Hill U.S. holds the agreement to run sports betting at the racetrack. The deal includes the title sponsorship for the coveted horse race the Haskell Invitational.
Lesniak said he would bet on New York covering the number against the Lions on September 8. The Giants have opened as a home favorite by 4 points against Detroit on Bovada, betonline, topbet and sportsbook.com.
In order for Lesniak and New Jersey to circumvent federal law, he would need the support of Stephen Sweeney the New Jersey Senate President and Chris Christie the Governor of New Jersey.
Lesniak believes Christie will support the idea, as he is a fighter. Lesniak added that New Jersey can sit back and allow Las Vegas as well as organized crime get the action or can act and get it themselves.
Legal experts believe that if the state of New Jersey attempts to circumvent the federal law, then the Justice department and the sports league would come with everything they have in an attempt to stop it leading to more battle in court.
This battle for the betting world is important as it will open the east coast to sporting betting and take handle away from Las Vegas and other entities.