New Jersey horse racing association appeals against sports betting ban

New Jersey horse racinew jerseyng association appeals against sports betting ban September 9 2015

New Jersey’s horse racing industry has asked a federal appeals court to review a decision to block sports betting in the US state.

Governor Chris Christie, lawmakers and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association lost an appeal in late August to push through legalised sports betting in the state.

The appeal was rejected through a 2-1 vote by a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia.

US major leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association sued after New Jersey lawmakers approved legalised sports betting in 2012, claiming that the move contravened a 1992 federal ban.

Last year, New Jersey attempted to pass new legislation that would circumvent the federal ban by removing state control and deregulating sports wagering at casinos and race tracks.

The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has claimed that the reasoning behind the latest ruling is the “exact opposite” of the previous decision in the case. This would put the court in conflict with itself and would justify another look at the case, the association said.

The association added that blocking sports betting would restrict revenues at its Monmouth Park Racetrack and warned that if the park closed it would “likely mean the end of New Jersey’s equine industry”.


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