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Mara says gambling will keep New Jersey from getting another Super Bowl

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If the NFL should lose its new lawsuit against New Jersey aimed at blocking the state from engaging in gambling on pro football games, the league has another weapon in its arsenal.

The Super Bowl.

“If New Jersey goes ahead with its plan and has sports betting, I don’t think there’s a chance in the world of us getting another Super Bowl,” Giants co-owner John Mara said, via USA Today.  “I’m not concerned about this Super Bowl, but I will say this:  It would be difficult for us to get support of the other owners for another one.”

If it wasn’t too late for the NFL to yank the February 2014 Super Bowl from New Jersey and send it elsewhere, the NFL probably would.  And it would be foolish for anyone in New Jersey to think there will be a second Super Bowl in New Jersey if New Jersey allows betting on games like, you know, the Super Bowl.

Then again, it’s foolish to think that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit would ignore the precedent set when the NFL and other sports leagues slammed the door on single-game betting in Delaware.  But the man who runs New Jersey thinks that will happen.

“We’re going to win,” Governor Chris Christie said.  “I don’t believe the federal government has the right to decide only certain states can have sports gambling.  And it does not acknowledge that there are illegal sports gambling going on in every state in America.  So why is this more injurious somehow than illegal sports gambling?”

Um, where do we start?

First, and as mentioned above, the federal appeals court that has jurisdiction over New Jersey already has upheld the federal law in question.  Second, New Jersey had a one-year window to get into the sports gambling business from January 1, 1993 through January 1, 1994 before the nationwide prohibition launched.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, if Christie is concerned about illegal gambling, he should start enforcing the laws on the books.

Just like the NFL is trying to do, via the federal court system.

Still, in the unlikely event that New Jersey wins in court, New Jersey will be as likely as Las Vegas to host a Super Bowl in the future.

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53 Responses to “Mara says gambling will keep New Jersey from getting another Super Bowl”
  1. ryan7977 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:30 AM

    here comes the NJ bashers. let me just represent here. it’s a great state to live in were it not for the high price of EVERYthing. otherwise, real nice

  2. hulkhogansays says: Aug 9, 2012 9:33 AM

    I don’t want to hear what this CRIMINAL has to say until we sweep his little NY football squad brother.

  3. tubaplayingprof says: Aug 9, 2012 9:34 AM

    If it were my decision, I’d take gambling–revenues every year–with residents of NY and Pa crossing the borders to gamble. How often does one get to host a Super Bowl? Until the Giants and Jets identify with NJ and not NY, why should Jersey care? Anyway, the NFL promotes, encourages, and supports gambling by its embrace of Fantasy football. After all, what’s the real reason for NFL Red Zone on tv?

  4. suhdidntstompanyone says: Aug 9, 2012 9:36 AM

    Chris Christie is an ignorant blowhard.
    Much like the vast majority of today’s republican party.

  5. thetooloftools says: Aug 9, 2012 9:37 AM

    After the first Super Bowl you host, their is no chance you will ever host another. It’s going to be the worst ever and it was stupid to host it in an outdoor stadium in the northeast in February. Field conditions will be horrible.
    Gotta kiss that New York City (|) though. What a joke. I can’t wait to see it fail miserably.

  6. scoops1 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:38 AM

    Pick a side Mara. First you are filling a lawsuit against the state over the construction close to the stadium. Now you saying gambling will hurt the state from getting another super bowl.

  7. jianningwu says: Aug 9, 2012 9:38 AM

    I would be up for driving Atlantic City on a Saturday night with a group of friends, staying over at a Casino with a Sportsbook and recovering the next day by 1PM to watch and bet on games until 8PM.

    Until March when I’d go for several days for the NCAA tournament.

    NJ is already getting a Superbowl in 2014, even if Christie is defeated in the court, when would they get another?

    By that time NJ would have YEARS of legal gambling revenue.

    Atlantic City needs something on this level to survive the gambling houses that are now operating in the NJ/PA/DE/NY area.

  8. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 9, 2012 9:38 AM

    Lottery is legal. Betting on horses is legal. Sports betting illegal. Yeah, that make sense. This is comming from a non-gambler.

  9. chiefsfan10 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:39 AM

    This law is idiotic and out-dated. The government is literally missing out on tens of billions in tax revenue by not legalizing and taxing sports gambling. An estimated $300 billion in sports gambling occurs every year in the United States, with only $2 billion flowing through Vegas casinos.

  10. lightcleric says: Aug 9, 2012 9:40 AM

    This is the same Mara who’s suing Jersey to stop them from building a multi-billion dollar mall because he doesn’t want it to interfere with gameday traffic, right?

    Maybe he could, you know, get a stadium in New York instead of sticking his nose into Jersey’s business.

  11. dannyglover21 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:41 AM

    They shouldn’t have gotten a super bowl in the first place. Nothing better than Jersey in February. Mara’s get whatever they want.

  12. domeunit says: Aug 9, 2012 9:44 AM

    You should be able to gamble in places besides Vegas and Atlantic City, the fact that the federal government is still fighting this type of stuff is ridiculous. If I want to place a bet I should be able to in any state.

  13. sasattack says: Aug 9, 2012 9:44 AM

    NJ may not even get another Super Bowl anyway and who really cares if we don’t. Times have changed and it’s obviously B.S. that the fed gov’t can restrict a state from adding to it’s coffers. It’s 2012, not 1994. If it’s allowed in Nevada, common sense dictates it should be allowed in any state that wants it. The bribes and palm greasing are in full force here compliments of the hypocritical sports leagues.

  14. mikea311 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:45 AM

    Anyway, the NFL promotes, encourages, and supports gambling by its embrace of Fantasy football. After all, what’s the real reason for NFL Red Zone on tv?

    Fantasy Football isn’t gambling, its considered entertainment. You are allowed to play fantasy football, poker, etc in small groups but the house cant get in on the action. You know its legal when CBS, NFL, ESPN all get in on the action with hosting leagues.

    there is a big difference between running a casino and playing fantasy football or poker with your friends.

  15. cakemixa says: Aug 9, 2012 9:48 AM

    Actually, the WEATHER is the reason they won’t get another Super Bowl.

  16. gallaghedj311 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:53 AM

    As a resident of South Jersey and a die hard Eagles fan, this is music to my ears. One more reason to like the Christie. Takes Rutgers out of South Jersey. Merge with Rowan. Take on the teachers union. Beau-Ti-Ful. Love this guy.

    No one south of Trenton gives a damn about the meadowlands, the Mara family, the Giants/Jets, etc etc….

    Screw you New York. #GoBirds

  17. dennisatunity says: Aug 9, 2012 9:55 AM

    So let me see if I have this straight, NFL. States involved in gambling? Bad thing. Referees as professional gamblers? Hey, that’s OK!

  18. savocabol1 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:58 AM

    I don’t understand how this could be a bad thing? People who gamble on sports already do in one way or another. This isn’t going to all of a sudden taint the leauge or whatever their fears are.

    What could possibly be bad about this? And please don’t tell me that people are going to cheat the game because that is garbage. Any kind of game fixing can happen at any time, regardless of whether or not sports betting is legal.

  19. hokiegajanisgod says: Aug 9, 2012 10:07 AM

    NJ shouldn’t have been selected to host a Super Bowl in the first place. A cold weather, non-domed championship game? Preposterous!

    Why didn’t the Giants/Jets build a Cowboy or Cardinal like stadium in the first place?

  20. The Shoeman says: Aug 9, 2012 10:08 AM

    Chris Christie is an ignorant blowhard.
    Much like the vast majority of today’s republican party.

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

    This may / or not , be true .. I don’t know.

    What I do know is .. people should be allowed to do anything they damn wee please , If it doesn’t bother anyone else.

    If you want to spend $50 on a football bet .. It’s nobody else’s business !

  21. bullcharger says: Aug 9, 2012 10:10 AM

    The NFL is so hypocritical. Illegal gambling is partly what makes the NFL so popular. Everyone is in some kind of pool or fantasy league for prize money. The injury reports are on time and required to be accurate, mostly so the point spreads can also be accurate.

    Everybody likes the gambling side of it, but everyone wants it kept in the shadows because they feel guilty about it.

  22. tubaplayingprof says: Aug 9, 2012 10:16 AM

    “Fantasy Football isn’t gambling, its considered entertainment. You are allowed to play fantasy football, poker, etc in small groups but the house cant get in on the action. You know its legal when CBS, NFL, ESPN all get in on the action with hosting leagues.

    there is a big difference between running a casino and playing fantasy football or poker with your friends.”

    That’s an interesting point. Yet I would add that the tv industry and the NFL seek to profit–by devoting so much time to that entertainment–by attracting viewers and raising revenues. A Casino doesn’t do that.

  23. trseann says: Aug 9, 2012 10:20 AM

    Not really on topic, but I don’t get the people saying that NJ shouldn’t get the coming Super Bowl because of the weather.

    Seriously? This isn’t the Arena League. Some of the best, most memorable games take place in the cold conditions. I love watching those late January games in Foxboro or Denver or Chicago. Why does the Super Bowl require a dome when Championship games don’t?

    If outdoor teams have to lose their advantage when they play in a dome in the Super Bowl, then indoor finesse teams should lose theirs sometimes too.

  24. nickster31 says: Aug 9, 2012 10:21 AM

    Look at the cities that normally get the Super Bowl and those that likely will.

    Miami
    Tampa Bay
    New Orleans
    Dallas
    Indianapolis
    Arizona
    San Francisco (New stadium)
    LA (WHEN they get a team)

    IF NJ is included in that list, then odds are, AT BEST they would get a Super Bowl every 9th year.

    Now, add to that the weather leads to the chance of them never getting another Super Bowl anyway.

    Now, look at the revenue of what the gambling would bring. Which is better for the city?

    My guess, and I have no horse in this race (pun intended) is that NJ would make a LOT more money on taxes and such with the gambling.

  25. mortimeryoung says: Aug 9, 2012 10:30 AM

    I would rather have gambling nearby than a once-in-a-blue-moon Super Bowl anyway!

  26. briguy5 says: Aug 9, 2012 10:31 AM

    If New Jersey wins, then other states will be following suit by legalizing sports gambling, including probably Florida. What’s the NFL going to do? Tell them ALL they can’t have the Super Bowl?

  27. thedon52 says: Aug 9, 2012 10:32 AM

    Losers like this guy have no business owning an NFL team. He’s not his dad, nor will he ever be. The fact that the NFL rewarded both him AND Woody Johnson for being a bunch of cheap losers is utterly ridiculous. They easily could’ve put a dome or retractable roof on the stadium, especially since they were splitting the cost, but they chose the cheaper option and didn’t add one to that piece of tin that they got ripped off on. Hopefully there’s a blizzard that day and the game is played in front of 500 people

  28. jetsarestacked says: Aug 9, 2012 10:41 AM

    the whole weather excuse is nonsense. it was like 60 degrees out in ny/nj some days this past february. besides, like 99.9% of all football fans wont be attending that game. why the heck do you care if it’s cold out or snows? it’s not like the game would be delayed or cancelled.

  29. floriosbigtoe says: Aug 9, 2012 10:55 AM

    I’m sure Christie is only speaking on behalf of someone else who will make a ton of money off of sports bettors. If he actually believed it was the state’s rights and believed government shouldn’t dictate people’s moral rights then he would have the exact same view about the marijuana laws. Funny, but he has the exact opposite views on that subject. Hmmmm, wonder why?

  30. renhoekk2 says: Aug 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    Am I missing the point on this issue? Is the argument that if the game is played in a state where sports betting is legal that somehow the game can be fixed? That players\officials will be payed to throw\fix the game? Or is it something else?
    Gamblers\bookmakers will only try to fix a game if it is played in the same state that they operate in? Is that really the NFL’s argument?

  31. baronvonmonocle says: Aug 9, 2012 10:58 AM

    “Fantasy Football isn’t gambling, its considered entertainment. You are allowed to play fantasy football, poker, etc in small groups but the house cant get in on the action. You know its legal when CBS, NFL, ESPN all get in on the action with hosting leagues.”

    You don’t think the house gets in on it? Look at the pay leagues at CBS. They take between a third and a half off the top.

  32. dmstorm22 says: Aug 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    So the NFL won’t play a Super Bowl in a state with legalized sports betting, but is thinking about putting a team in London, where sports betting is as legal as fresh air?

  33. blacknyellablacknyella says: Aug 9, 2012 11:10 AM

    I’d rather be able to hit the sportsbook at The Borgata or Caesar’s in Atlantic City 365 days a year than see a Super Bowl in a freezing Big Apple (well, East Rutherford,NJ) once a decade.

  34. canesgiants says: Aug 9, 2012 11:13 AM

    Losers like this guy have no business owning an NFL team. He’s not his dad, nor will he ever be. The fact that the NFL rewarded both him AND Woody Johnson for being a bunch of cheap losers is utterly ridiculous. They easily could’ve put a dome or retractable roof on the stadium, especially since they were splitting the cost, but they chose the cheaper option and didn’t add one to that piece of tin that they got ripped off on. Hopefully there’s a blizzard that day and the game is played in front of 500 people
    ===================================
    hey shmuck
    they call it home field advantage. when your cowgirls come in wearing gloves and their booties and romo is trying to throw in 50mph wind thats why there is no dome. we arent some bitch town like dallas that doesnt know how to handle snow. u do realize that 80,000 plus go to that stadium every weekend rain snow sleet.

  35. scoops1 says: Aug 9, 2012 11:13 AM

    Christie is the greatest Gov in the history of jersey.

  36. santolonius says: Aug 9, 2012 11:19 AM

    My own personal preference as a NJ resident… if given the choice, i would rather be able to walk into a venue and place a 10 dollar bet on a team and have a little more fun watching a game than have a super bowl in NJ that i won’t be able to afford to go to anyway.

  37. plumbstupid says: Aug 9, 2012 11:22 AM

    New Jersey has the right to do as they wish PER THE 10th AMENDMENT! We are these united States. The federal government is supposed to be a UN type entity to the sovereign states of this country. Each state is essentially its own country. Stop looking to the Feds fat boy and legalize sports gambling.

  38. mungman69 says: Aug 9, 2012 11:26 AM

    There are scratch- off lottery tickets in N.J. that feature the Eagles, Jets and Giants. The NFL approved this form of gambling.

  39. halbriston says: Aug 9, 2012 11:27 AM

    Actually, the WHINING is the reason they won’t get another Super Bowl.

  40. realitypolice says: Aug 9, 2012 11:27 AM

    You completely miss Christie’s point. Points, actually.

    First off- when he refers to illegal gambling the point he is making is that when you make something illegal, you CREATE a black market of illegal activity. You say he should enforce the laws. There are no STATE laws against gambling, thus there is no need for state enforcement. If the FEDERAL government wants to get serious about enforcing THEIR laws, they should.

    Christie is trying to deal with the problem of illegal gambling the only sensible way there is- by legalizing it.

    And I’m sure if you know this or not, but Federal Appeals Courts do not have the final say on the Constitutionality of a Law. So to act as if this is a decided issue is not accurate.

    Lastly, the “no more Super Bowls” argument is hysterically funny. The state will make far more money on sports betting than they would if the Super Bowl was in New Jersey every year.

  41. a301530 says: Aug 9, 2012 11:41 AM

    As a resident of South Jersey and a die hard Eagles fan, this is music to my ears. One more reason to like the Christie. Takes Rutgers out of South Jersey. Merge with Rowan. Take on the teachers union. Beau-Ti-Ful. Love this guy.

    No one south of Trenton gives a damn about the meadowlands, the Mara family, the Giants/Jets, etc etc….

    Screw you New York. #GoBirds

    You just have an inferiority complex like every other Eagles fan because NY is better than philly in every way you moron!

  42. rcali says: Aug 9, 2012 11:46 AM

    How sweet would it be to head out on a train out of Manhattan to Hoboken and lay down some bets on Sunday’s. Please find a way to win this NJ!!!

  43. bangitfootball says: Aug 9, 2012 12:01 PM

    Atlantic City casinos are in big trouble financially. Sports betting will give the city and state a shot in the arm and help thousands of employees there keep their jobs. I know an elitist like Mara or Goodell dosent care about these people but at least Gov Christie is trying to help out. Sports betting in Las Vegas and the NFL have been getting along just fine for decades. Theres no problem here .

  44. hokiegajanisgod says: Aug 9, 2012 12:06 PM

    trseann says:
    Aug 9, 2012 10:20 AM

    Not really on topic, but I don’t get the people saying that NJ shouldn’t get the coming Super Bowl because of the weather.

    I agree with you trseann. I would go so far as to return the super bowl to the NFL Championship Game model, i.e., play the game in the city with the best record (last year’s game would have been in Foxboro).

    I really am interested in the decision not to build a Cowboy stadium style venue. If Dallas can have such a great stadium, surely NY/NJ can have as good if not better. C’mom the city of Dallas or the NY metro area? No contest.

  45. postfixer says: Aug 9, 2012 12:10 PM

    I’ve never understood why sports betting is illegal outside of Las Vegas to begin with. Then again, our government wastes a fortune keeping marijuana and prostitution illegal, so it’s not surprising.

  46. realitypolice says: Aug 9, 2012 12:20 PM

    By the way, if Christie wins and the Supreme Court strikes down the anti-gambling law, the NFL will have to have the Super Bowl in Salt Lake City every year because Utah will be the only state in the union that doesn’t immediately legalize sports gambling.

  47. khuxford says: Aug 9, 2012 12:48 PM

    I’m done bothering to correct you on your willfully ignorant coverage of the issue.

    Shame on Mara for trying to get public sentiment on his side with what amounts to a lie of omission (that another SB is doubtful already because it is Jersey in winter).

  48. gmen7210 says: Aug 9, 2012 12:51 PM

    Before we go dismissing Christie’s opinion on legal matters lets remember where he came from. Christie was arguably this countries most prolific federal prosecutor and as NJ’s US Attorney he racked up a record of 134 convictions to a big fat zero acquittals. Maybe this guy knows what he’s talking about and it isn’t all about brash confidence.

  49. briang123 says: Aug 9, 2012 12:51 PM

    If New Jersey had Vegas-style Sportsbooks years ago, I would have never evacuated from that state in 2001.

  50. skinsrock says: Aug 9, 2012 1:07 PM

    Puh-lease… They would have to wait 20 years for another Super Bowl & how much money could be made from gamblers in 20 years? it’s a no contest… take the gambling.

    I laugh at the notion a law that says “If you didn’t start gambling in 1994″ you are out of luck. You think that’s gonna hold up when there is a lot of money to be made? Capitalism always wins.

  51. nebster21 says: Aug 9, 2012 2:10 PM

    that is great. I do not think they should get one anyway. I hate teams that try to strong arm their locations. I think that NJ should strong arm the Giants right out of the medowlands.

  52. Thomas says: Aug 9, 2012 6:08 PM

    This isn’t an issue of interstate commerce nor an issue of a power that is “necessary and proper” for the functioning of the Federal government. So, by what power granted to it by the States does the Federal government think it has the authority to determine in which States sports gambling is allowed?

  53. tannethrill says: Aug 10, 2012 11:00 AM

    Actually bad weather, terrible traffic and a huge fail in 2014 will be the deciding factors. Not a bad habit.

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