Steve Sweeney Urge States to Reject Sports Betting 'Integrity Fee'

Lester Mason
May 25, 2018

Nearly as soon as their battle against sports wagering ended in defeat at the U.S. Supreme Court, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and four professional sports leagues are facing a claim for gambling revenue that was lost due to the lengthy battle. This sum does not include other damages Monmouth Park has suffered as the result of having been prevented from accepting sports bets. Given the current financial crunch in Wyoming, could it become a possibility in the Cowboy state?

The suit is the latest of several developments since the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law that prohibited states from legalizing wagering on sports. Wyoming was one of 20 states that filed a supporting brief. Reports are the Garden State plans to be the first new state to offer legal sports betting, with Delaware, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia looking to soon follow.

On Oct. 24, 2014, the Leagues obtained an injunction preventing Monmouth Park from conducting sports betting. "We're saying that conflict is bad faith, and on the basis of that we're saying we were enjoined three and a half years ago from doing sports betting", he said. The NJTHA suit filed Thursday requested sanctions against the leagues. "This week's ruling by the Supreme Court has no effect on that unwavering commitment". "During the intervening years the Leagues' actions almost put Monmouth Park out of business, inflicted significant financial and emotional hardship on hundreds of innocent Monmouth Park workers, and jeopardized the continued viability of New Jersey's entire equine industry, including its many horse farms and related open spaces", the brief says.

Nevada's existing gambling laws were grandfathered in, but with last week's high court decision, any state may now opt to permit sports betting. "It is obvious that the National Football League does not fear any threat to the integrity of their games even though the public is making bets based on how the NFL's players perform in National Football League games", the NJTHA said in court papers.

The association's motion is scheduled to be heard on June 18.

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