NFL, New Jersey could soon be at odds over gambling

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Three years ago, Delaware planned to introduce sports betting, including gambling on individual NFL games.  The proposal prompted a lawsuit from the NFL and other sports leagues.

Now, New Jersey wants to give it a try.  Governor Chris Christie said Thursday that sports wagering will arrive at New Jersey horse racing tracks and Atlantic City casinos later this year.

The NFL almost certainly will file suit to stop it.

“Legalized sports gambling beyond where it already existed is prohibited,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports.

Aiello refers to a 1992 federal law that prohibits sports wagering.  The only exception is that states allowing wagering from 1976 through 1990 could re-implement or continue such programs.

The NFL’s attack on the Delaware plan succeeded, forcing the Delaware to merely resurrect its post-1976 foray into parlay betting, where multiple games are selected at a time.

The difference this time around is that two NFL teams are headquartered in New Jersey, and Super Bowl XLVIII will be played there.  For now, however, New Jersey’s effort won’t affect the game.

“We are continuing our Super Bowl planning and do not anticipate this having any impact,” Aiello told Wetzel.

The league’s position possibly is influenced by strong optimism that the NFL will beat down the New Jersey plan in court.  However, if New Jersey somehow prevails, the league’s plans could change, in theory.

46 responses to “NFL, New Jersey could soon be at odds over gambling

  1. The best thing to happen in NJ ever… so let’s get rid of it. lol

    Typical NJ.

  2. If Jersey is going to only allow Atlantic City to bet on nfl games, this would have an equal if not greater effect on Philly, DC & Baltimore. So it’s not just the two New Yorsey teams.

  3. How can they stop it/ they have feceral exemption from anti-trust laws, and every team has extorted money from their fans.(see recent Minn. state leg. vote). It’s hypocritical anyway. My NFL city posts all the latest lines on games as well as injury reports for every team. Why do they do that? There’s no need to know that until game time? Besides, there are states rights that are sacrosanct.

  4. The NFL’s war on sportsbetting is unseemly and not a little annoying. They now push “fantasy football” as an alternative but its betting on games that ensure high ratings for even the least interesting or competitive games.

  5. Isn’t Goodell and the NFL already a little bit pregnant on this issue, so to speak?

    Goodell’s injury reporting policy that puts the needs of gambling interests for accurate injury reports, ahead of player safety is something the NFLPA might already be looking at

    Without Goodell’s strong insistence that coaches disclose injuries, Bountygate likely never happens.

  6. You can’t wager on sports in Atlantic City now? I always thought they where full casinos. The NFL should have no place here. It is all for PR anyways, they all don’t mind people gambling on their sport.

  7. I live in “Joyzey”. Everyone who wants to bet has access to illegal bookies in this state. It’s obviously BS that the fed gov’t can continue to allow allow only Nevada to monopolize the sports wagering industry. It’s an outdated and barbaric rule. And the NFL is so against betting on their sport that they have no problem with the millions bet on fantasy football.

  8. It may be the most unconstiturional law in the history of this country. If Delaware had a Republican Governor, they would have went to court on that very issue.

  9. I’ve never rooted harder against the NFL than I will with respect to this dispute. You have to have something wrong with you at the DNA level to be against gambling. This isn’t the NFL’s business.

  10. sasattack says:
    May 25, 2012 11:13 PM
    I live in “Joyzey”. Everyone who wants to bet has access to illegal bookies in this state. It’s obviously BS that the fed gov’t can continue to allow allow only Nevada to monopolize the sports wagering industry. It’s an outdated and barbaric rule. And the NFL is so against betting on their sport that they have no problem with the millions bet on fantasy football.
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    Ummm….No. You do not live in JERSEY. If you did you would NEVER call it “Joyzey” you idiot. Only a benny would call it that and if you dont know what a benny is than get out of here.

  11. sb50 says:
    May 25, 2012 11:04 PM
    I f***ing hate christie.
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    So what? Do agree that NJ should allow sports gambling or not!!!!!

  12. I love it.

    First of all, how in the world can the NFL sue to enforce a federal law? If the federal government has a problem with it, let them sue in federal court.

    Second of all, the law prohibiting gambling on sports is 100% unconstitutional. The only reason it still stands is because no has ever seriously challenged it. IF New Jersey pushes it all the way to the Supreme Court, they WILL win.

    Thirdly, s**** the NFL and their Super Bowl. Let them take it away. The State of New Jersey will make more in the first 6 months of legalized sports gambling than they would make from a Super Bowl.

    I congratulate Governor Christie for standing up for the wishes of his citizens and poking the federal government in the eye. His efforts will go a long way towards freeing every state in this union to govern as they see fit.

  13. It’s ridiculous (and probably unconstitutional) that there is a federal law that says some states can have sports gambling but others can’t. This, like all other forms of gambling, should be up to the individual states and communities.

    BTW, I love football but I think the NFL is overstepping its bounds by trying to dictate the laws we all live by. I wouldn’t mind seeing the league taken down a few pegs.

  14. The only reason I could guess the NFL cares about this is because they want a piece of the pie. I’m sure if the casinos gave the NFL a cut they wouldn’t care.

  15. Love the idea. Don’t have to fly to Vegas to bet legally or worry about betting illegally with “boken bookies” and the gambling revenues could also lower my property taxes….Christie is awesome!

  16. Eh…we don’t need the tens of billions of dollars a year from tax revenues on the gambling that is going to go on whether the NFL and US Government like it or not. Now be a good citizen and go buy some Mega Millions tickets and a few scratchers while you’re at it.

  17. seageo says: May 25, 2012 11:44 PM

    Only a benny would call it that and if you dont know what a benny is than get out of here.

    +1

    Benny season officially started today. BENNIES GO HOME!

  18. After his playing days were over Ray Guy was approached by a Las Vegas casino with a lucrative offer to be a spokesman for the casino and oil boy for the showgirls. Fearing it would hurt his chances to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in Canton, Ohio he declined. You could say Ray Guy punted on the idea

  19. Governor Christie ought to be careful mess with the NFL and Roger will suspend him for one year without pay.

  20. Dear Mike Florio,

    Could you please answer this question. If the US Constitutions Bill of Rights prevents both Federal and State Governments from creating “Separate But Equal” in any manner is Un-Constitutioanl as legal precedent states from the USSC in the Brown v Board of Education ruling, then how can federal law violate that ruling? When you segregate states and give some states the right to gamble on sports and other states are denied that right, how is that not in violation of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v Board? I and others would greatly appreciate you weighing in on this.

  21. if you dont know what a benny is than get out of here.

    ********************************************************

    I remember those days in the 70’s.
    Watching it from route 37 . . . or if your a benny Exit 82.

  22. The NFL has no problem taking money from the casino’s with the now permitted casino advertising in football stadiums. Yet the same casino can not take a wager on the game that’s played in the stadium where the casino is advertising?

  23. The super bowl will not go away it will be played at Giant Stadium.

    If the NFL moves the game they will be sued and lose. I am sure they signed a contract to have the game in NJ and I can assure you that our Gov will roast Rodger in court. Also if they are allowing the game this season in NO land of the cheaters then why would they take the game away from the Giants and other team that plays at Metlife?

    Once again our Gov is standing up for what is right what right does the Federal Goverment have to say its ok in NV and not ok any place else.

    Our Gov sees a chance to bring more money to the State of NJ
    Thank you Gov

  24. mrdelaware | May 25, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT
    It may be the most unconstiturional law in the history of this country. If Delaware had a Republican Governor, they would have went to court on that very issue.

    Must of missed the part of the constitution that gave us the right to gamble. Is it part of the regulate interstate commerce clause? Most unconstitutional law in history, funny I always thought it was the Alien and Sedition act or maybe the Japanese internment camps, oh how about Jim Crow laws. But hey to each their own, free speech in-all.

  25. sports betting goes on in all 50 states and currently only one state (Nevada) it’s legal.The Feds and the sports leagues need to quit jiving us and quit fooling themselves and just allow it to happen.Nevada has it controlled and monitored too the tee.Any fixing can and has been snuffed out by the gaming commission.They are working for sports,not against it.

  26. Clear violation of the tenth amendment if I’ve ever seen one.

    However SCOTUS rarely strikes down laws using the tenth amendment.

    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

  27. Funny that the NFL talks about games and franchises in the UK. Over here we have bookie’s shops on the high streets and one radio station even gives the in game odds during match commentaries for soccer.

  28. In England you can bet on soccer, excuse me football, in the stadium while the game is going on. I have yet to hear of any major scandal as a result of that. NFL players make too much money to bribe now. What player that is in a position to effect the game is going to risk his career for a one time pay out. Also, now every team has been asked by the NFL to post in game fantasy stats for people at the game. I have yet to find anyone that plays fantasy football just for the fun of it. They all seem to win something, usually MONEY. Someone needs to ask the Comish why it is OK to bet on individual players, but not the team they play for.

  29. Agreed. If I wanted to rig a game in America I’d go after lower division college athletes or even high school. Then just place the bets in the far east. There is significant gambling related corruption in soccer from those sources but it is in the lower division where players are badly paid and there is little scruitny.

  30. pjm2011 says:
    May 26, 2012 10:46 AM
    Agreed. If I wanted to rig a game in America I’d go after lower division college athletes or even high school. Then just place the bets in the far east. There is significant gambling related corruption in soccer from those sources but it is in the lower division where players are badly paid and there is little scruitny.

    To blow holes in your premise that the NFLis untouchable by gambling here some counter points. Tim Donaghy NBA official. College player paid to throw game then blackmailed in NFL game. Bankrupt NFL player desperate for cash. Any player on the Bengals. I’m not necessarily opposed to Jersey’s plan, but to bet on the NFL being too big to be touched. There is always a path in.

  31. I don’t much care one way or the other about gambling, but I’d love to see almost anything approved if it ends the ludicrous requirement of injury reports.

  32. For now, I’m perfectly fine with the NFL thinking it’s got control over whether certain states allow sports betting.
    Quite obviously, it still occurs illitcitly-the main difference is that the state or municipality in question is unable to directly collect income or regulatory taxes on the winnings.
    There’s little the NFL could actually do if the unconstitutional law in question was successfully challenged by NJ, or any other state for that matter. I suppose the league could attempt to pressure the team owners to go along with it’s wishes — but then there’s the fascinating problem with the fact that the vast majority of NFL arenas are at least partly financed with state, city, or community tax dollars.
    How fantastic would it be for municipalities to decide to force the normally smug owners to go along with the wishes of the constituents, or be made to buy the taxpayers out?
    Just think, it’s possible this issue may actually lead to an admittedly long, winding road toward billionaire sports team owners actually paying for their own arenas!

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