casinos closer to legal sports betting
The New Jersey Assembly
approved Thursday asking voters to legalize sports betting in
the Atlantic City casinos.
betting on professional and college games in the Atlantic City
casinos is getting closer to a fact, although the road ahead
remains long. On Thursday the NJ Assembly approved the bill to
ask voters to legalize professional sports betting in the
Atlantic City casinos, a big victory for the gambling industry
in New Jersey. If approved by the Legislature and the governor,
the question would be placed to voters as a question on the
November general election ballot.
Still, legal sports betting in Atlantic
City goes against federal law, which allows it in only four
states - Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon, and only in
Nevada is betting on pro and college games approved. "It may
be the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, but fighting for
legalized pro sports gaming is a play New Jersey can't afford to
pass up," said Assemblyman Lou Greenwal (D-Camden), and Sen.
Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) added: "The big obstacle to making it
a reality, though, is the federal ban on sports betting for New
Jersey, which won't go away just by our passing a bill."
If sports betting is legalized in the
state of New Jersey, many hope that it will help to wipe out the
increasing illegal bookmakers, considering that estimates put
the illegal sports betting in the U.S. at around $350 billion
Naturally, the biggest opposition to
legal sports betting in Atlantic City comes from the NFL.
"It's bad policy because it turns human players into roulette
chips with the sanction of the state," said NFL attorney
David H. Remes. The NFL vowed to continue fighting the bill.