Well, if you’d wagered that a federal judge would block New Jersey’s plan to trot out sports wagering this weekend, it’s time to collect.
Per multiple reports, Judge Michael Shipp has granted a temporary restraining order preventing New Jersey from implementing a plan to launch sports betting this weekend at racetracks and casinos.
The order presumably will last until the litigation filed by the NFL and other sports leagues on Monday is resolved. Which probably will result in a ruling that New Jersey’s plan cannot proceed.
The NFL long has opposed the expansion of legalized sports betting. This is Round Two with New Jersey, which failed in a prior effort to circumvent a 1992 federal law aimed at stopping new states from adding sports wagering.