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New Jersey Gains Advantage in Federal Court Battle to Legalize Sports Gambling

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The headquarters of the Supreme Court of Nevada in Carson City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Federal Court Battle to Legalize Sports Gambling

The state of New Jersey and the four major professional sports, the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA along with the NCAA are engaged in a knockdown winner take all fight over legalizing sports betting. New Jersey wants a piece of the $500 billion bet on sports in the United States on a yearly basis. Of this total, only about one percent of it takes place through legalized betting in Nevada.

For the state of New Jersey, legalized betting could help their battered economy which is suffering from the prolonged impact of the US recession and the traumatic devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Governor Christie of the state of New Jersey wants to take sports betting out of the hands of the criminals and into the control of the state.

The sports leagues and the NCAA have argued that the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act prohibits gambling in all but four states. Sports gambling is permitted in only Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. In 2007 Oregon ended its association with sports gambling and the betting in Montana and Delaware is limited to fantasy football and multiple bets within one wager on the NFL respectively.

The fear of the sports leagues is that if gambling is legalized than it will undermine their sporting events because people will question the validity of the contests in the same manner that people questioned Anderson Silva’s loss to Chris Weidman in the Mixed Martial Arts championship that took place in Las Vegas on July 6, 2013.

So far, the sports leagues are winning the fight as they have been able to ward off New Jersey’s attempt to have legalized betting. New Jersey started this fight when they had a sports gambling referendum vote on whether to introduce sports betting in the state at Atlantic City casinos and horse tracks. The people of New Jersey voted for the gambling in a landslide voting victory. However, the sports leagues were prepared and they went to federal court and won an initial victory when the federal judge ruled in their favour.

As such, the first battle went to the Sports leagues but it looks like the war might be won by the state of New Jersey. New Jersey has appealed this verdict and are arguing that the federal law displays favoritism to certain states. Governor Christie has already stated that if they lose at the appeals level that the state of New Jersey will take this fight to the US Supreme Court.
New Jersey has a couple arguments in its favor. The US Supreme Court has just overturned parts of the Voting Act which in doing so benefits the New Jersey argument. Chief Justice Roberts in his decision noted that each state has the right to have equal sovereignty over its affairs.

One can interpret these words as the US Supreme Court stating that each state has the right to exert control over its affairs and this would seem to help the state of New Jersey’s argument that they have a right to control betting in their state if they desire.

If the federal court of appeals interprets the statement of Chief Justice Roberts in a similar manner than this could be a landmark decision for the state of New Jersey and several other states in the United States. Legalized betting could be an economic windfall for a state such as New Jersey and to think that it could eventually be a product of the overturning of a part of the Voting Act would transform sports betting in the United States.

This battle looks like it might go all the way to the US Supreme Court. I don’t know what the live betting odds of this federal court battle might be but I would be putting my money on New Jersey to win this battle over the legalization of sports gambling.

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Betting For The 2012-13 NFL Season Begins

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The upcoming National Football League (NFL) appears to be gearing up with intensity. Odds on the 2012-13 conference winners, Super Bowl champion and other match-ups are already being offered by several online Sports-books.

Super Bowl 2012-13 Favorites

The Green Bay Packers have been listed as favorites for Super Bowl champions by several sports betting sites including 888Sports, William Hill and bet365 and their odds range from 6/1 to 11/2. Odds of 7/1 are being offered by Hill on the Patriots, 10/1 on the Texans , 14/1 on the Eagles and 49ers. The other betting sites are pretty much in line with these numbers.

888Sports has odds of 18/1 on the 2012-13 winners, the Giants, while Hill and bet365 have odds of 20/1 hinting that the Giants may not repeat their victory. Therefore, this season offers a great chance to bet on an unlikely winner.

Betting on Conference and Other Matches

The three top online sports books show odds in favor of the Packers for the NFC Conference and the Patriots for the AFC Conference. Their Week 1 placements and spreads show some possible big games between the Cowboys and Giants, 49ers and Packers and Steelers and Broncos.

Several player season specials already have odds offered by 888Sports. For Rookie of the Year, they are looking at Andrew Luck at 3/1, both Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson at 5/1 along with fifteen other top players.

NFL Fever in Vegas

While the NFL teams are still in pre-season preparation, the sports-book operator for the Palms, Cosmopolitan, Hard Rock, Tropicana, M Resort, Palazzo and the Venetian casinos in Las Vegas, Cantor Gaming, has already released spreads on the regular season games up to Week 16.

The online sports betting sites and the Vegas sports-books have already published the Week 1 odds and the bettors are deciding which predictions to go with for the hope of placing big future bets on the various NFL games.

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