Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

A Guide to Sports Betting in New Jersey and Delaware

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Kristopher Love | 11 June, 2018, 23:42

"There will be ample benefits to legal sports wagering in New Jersey", said Assemblymember Joann Downey (D-Monmouth).

DE was the first state to legalize full-scale sports betting, including single-game wagers, since the Supreme Court's decision that states, not the federal government, should determine whether it is legal.

Fertitta owns the NBA's Houston Rockets, and would have been shut out of sports betting under previous versions of the bill. Borgata and MGM officials would not comment on the sports betting legislation as it affects the company's basketball team. It's disgraceful. Just a suggestion: "You may want to write a check to the State of New Jersey for $9 million".

Adding to the confusion was an action the legislators took before approving the bill: They stripped out a provision that would have prohibited any casino or track from beginning to offer sports betting before the bill was signed.

New Jersey has Been Fighting With the Pro Leagues for almost a Decade for the Right to Make NJ Sports Betting Legal.

Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito Jr. said the law "unequivocally dictates what a state legislature may or may not do". Lawmakers of the state have expressed their disagreement with the proposed by major sports organizations integrity fee. "This is a great victory for New Jersey, horse racing and the casinos".

"Governor Murphy looks forward to closely reviewing the sports betting legislation that was recently passed by the Legislature", Dan Bryan, press secretary for Murphy, said a statement.

NY might not be too far behind New Jersey, Overmyer reported.

At an appearance Friday, Murphy said, "We're not sitting on it", but declined to say when he might act.

Whether that means Monmouth Park will open its sports betting operation Friday is unclear. Internet betting would begin 30 days after the rest of the law takes effect. "We're not sitting on it", the governor said. New Jersey voters already had approved sports wagering by referendum vote years earlier, though the NCAA and professional sports leagues sued to block the state's implementation of the law. The Assembly voted 73-0 in favor of the legislation, and the Senate followed with a 37-0 vote.

It now goes to the desk of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who hasn't said when he'll sign it. We just got the bill.

As it has been revealed, however, competitive video gaming and eSports would not be considered part of the legalized sports betting field.

The Assembly amended the bill to allow casinos that own more than 10 percent of a sports team to still offer sports betting, but only on sports other than those in which they own a team. A clause to allow the Golden Nugget to participate was added to the bill Thursday. The expansion will allow for players to wager on football, professional baseball, basketball, hockey and other sports. Republican state Sen. Declan O'Scanlan said that technically enabled Monmouth and the others to begin taking sports bets right away.

Final legislative approval is expected on Thursday, but it's anyone's bet when Gov. Phil Murphy might sign it. He previously voiced support for sports betting before the details of an actual bill were written. The Supreme Court case was the culmination of almost a decade of fighting to legalize sports betting in New Jersey. Now, any state is free to adopt laws legalizing it, and analysts expect most to do so.