New Jersey Lawmakers Set to Make NJ Sports Betting Legal

This is a breaking story and will be updated as new information becomes available. New Jersey is poised to become the first state to pass sports betting legislation in the post-PASPA era today, and, it hopes to become the second state to take sports bets since the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act on May 14. The New Jersey State Assembly is scheduled to vote on the a sports betting bill, A4111, in the session that begins at 1 p.m. local time today. The Senate is scheduled to vote an identical bill, S2602 ,in the session that begins at 2 p.m. today. Both bills would allow sports wagering on professional and college sporting events at New Jersey’s Atlantic City casinos and racetracks throughout the state.

Should Both Chambers Pass NJ Sports Betting, the Bill Will Go to Governor Phil Murphy. The Hope Is That He’ll Make NJ Sports Betting Legal Today.

Delaware on Tuesday became the first state post-PASPA to roll out sports betting when it did so on Tuesday. Should the New Jersey bill pass both chambers – as it is expected to do – it will then land on Governor Phil Murphy’s desk. He has 45 days to sign the bill, but the hope is that he will do so today, though it doesn’t seem to be a sure thing. Should Murphy sign the bill, Monmouth Park, as well as Atlantic City, at least at the Borgata, which is owned and operated by MGM and has experienced sportsbook director Jay Rood, area planning to roll out full-scale sports betting on Friday. The bills moved out of committee in both chambers on Monday.

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

New Jersey is the state that brought the lawsuit, Murphy v NCAA, that the Supreme Court heard in December. The Supreme Court case was the culmination of nearly a decade of fighting to legalize sports betting in New Jersey. Evidence of how contentious the fight between New Jersey and the professional sports leagues was over the last decade was evident in committee hearing rooms on Monday. Among the people testifying at the Senate hearing was Major League Baseball Vice President Bryan Seeley. But Gaming Committee Chairman Ralph Caputo (D-28th District) wasn’t interested in what Seeley had to say. Among Caputo’s comments to Seeley’s testimony: “Why do you think you’re entitled to an integrity fee?” Caputo asked. “After trying to ‘kill us’ from [offering] sports betting, which we had a right to do, as the Supreme Court told us so. What gives you the right other than desire for additional revenue? The tool you’re looking for is money and you’re not getting it in New Jersey. You might as well face that reality.” And, also directly to the point: “You guys are in it to make money,” Caputo said. “This is ridiculous. This is hypocrisy to the highest extent. This is crazy. You guys fought us for nine years.”
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