Ruling Delayed in Jersey Sports Betting Case
A federal judge was to have ruled today whether New Jersey casinos and racetracks can allow sports betting on their premises, but instead has postponed a decision at least until the end of the month.
U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp was to have published an opinion on Monday. But the judge granted an extension so the two sides could file more briefs.
Shipp will hear oral arguments in Trenton on October 31. He’ll then rule on whether his 2013 order permits New Jersey to allow sports betting, as long as it isn’t state-regulated.
Federal law prohibits most states from allowing sports betting. But Gov. Chris Christie gave the green light last month, under an interpretation of the law that says states can’t regulate sports betting — something closer to a free-for-all, apparently, is legal under the governor’s reading of the law. The major sports leagues have sued New Jersey, saying that reading is incorrect.