New Jersey drops ban in sports betting


Given the league’s recent experiences in New Jersey, it may want to move the Jets and Giants back across the river.

Apart from Atlantic City being the epicenter of one of the biggest scandals with which the NFL has ever dealt, Governor Chris Christie has lifted the state’s ban on sports betting at the racetracks and casinos.

According to the New York Times, it all happened so quickly and abruptly that New Jersey racetracks and casinos weren’t ready to implement sports betting, even though the ban was lifted as of Monday.

The NFL has aggressively opposed the expansion of legalized sports wagering, filing lawsuits with other sports leagues to block efforts to launch wagering programs in Delaware and New Jersey.  After the leagues prevailed against New Jersey’s effort to expand sports wagering by passing a new law, New Jersey decided to simply quit enforcing the laws on the books.

Undoubtedly, the NFL will fight back, either by instigating the Justice Department to take action against New Jersey’s apparent defiance of federal law or by filing yet another lawsuit.

It won’t be easy.  It will be expensive.  But when the NFL really wants to get something done, the NFL does whatever it has to do.

As long as there’s no videotape to be obtained.

19 responses to “New Jersey drops ban in sports betting

  1. Two words, Fantasy Football. Betting is already happening all over the country. The NFL host the official fantasy football app. Does the NFL really believe they can stop regular betting from becoming legal?

  2. Might as well take your best shot at the NFL when they’re still reeling from Ray Rice’s left hook though, right?

  3. Why does the NFL oppose legalized sports betting? You’d think that would get more people watching the games; much like fantasy football.

  4. When the NFL wants to get something done, the NFL does whatever it has to…..same can be said for Chris Christie. NFL fights too hard and there might be some traffic problems on Sundays near MetLife stadium!

  5. Ray Rice beating his wife isn’t nearly as bad as someone besides the NFL making money.

    This league is out of freaking control.

  6. New Jersey lifting the ban does not mean it violated federal laws. And it doesn’t mean sports betting is now legal. This is simply a first step in making it legal in New Jersey. The state must still get federal approval to have sports betting.

  7. What’s the difference if someone places a sports bet in Nevada versus someone placing a bet in NJ? It’s not worse because it is in NJ.

    Notice if the NFL really wants to get info, it can.

  8. Once upon a time, gambling was illegal everywhere but Las Vegas. Then came Atlantic City, then native American casinos, then “offshore” riverboat casinos, and now online gambling.

    Currently, the sports betting world is the small cartel of casinos, and a ton of fantasy leagues. Delaware has legalized parlay gambling, and other states are evaluating the options.

    Too much gambling money going to a small number of pockets for financially desperate federal, state, and local governments to resist going after a piece of the action.

    And just like PowerBall and MegaMillions have aggregated small local lottery ticket buyers into gaudy jackpot numbers, someone will soon figure out how to grow and distribute the revenue from sports gambling.

    Not a question of WHETHER this will happen, just a matter of WHEN and HOW.

  9. There are 2 ways the Gov’t can stop the bleeding and fill our coffers once again instead of via war – Legalize sports gambling in every State & Legalize Marijuana at a minimum.

  10. Better to have the states profit from sports book than offshore companies. New Jersey is just the first of many states where this will be happening, soon to be followed by many more once the financial gain there is realized by other cash strapped states.

  11. Nows the time for nj to try. Goodell bungles everything he touches. He’s like the reverse king Midas. Everything he touches turns to brown excrement.

  12. Remember everybody, the NFL doesn’t oppose gambling, they just want to get a piece of the action and they haven’t figured out how to do that yet with basic gambling in the US. They’re onboard with the daily gambling sites because those sites have to pay the NFL for using their logos and such. Its a very fine line.

  13. Easy for NFL to stop. Just dis-approve Met Life Stadium as an NFL approved stadium. Thus, no further home games for Giants (and Jets), all resulting in loses.

  14. Right now, the NFL has as much credibility as the IRS. Good luck trying to stop sports betting in NJ.

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