The battle by the United States government, as well as the major sports leagues, to keep betting away from the public has been going on for years and does not appear to be letting up anytime soon. The latest edition of this clash comes from New Jersey, where the public has spoken and in an election year, this could be a huge turning point.
A recent poll showed that 45% of citizens hailing from New Jersey would like to see sports betting being allowed at horse racing tracks and casinos, which means that these citizens would like see a federal law that currently bans the practice overturned. Governor Chris Christie has been trying to get that law overturned for months now, and he has met opposition from not only the government, but the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball have all spoken out against Christie’s attempts, along with the NCAA. They are claiming that players may be swayed to throw games by the underworld, but Christie is thinking of new ways to try and stimulate his state’s economy, and sports betting would be a great way to do this.
Christie will likely still have a lot of red tape to go through in order to allow sports betting to take place, and the sports leagues may even file some sort of lawsuit to try and prevent this even further. 38% of citizens were still against sports betting, so it is not like the sentiment to pass it is overwhelming, but at least there is a conversation to be had and sports betting connoisseurs can count this as a small victory.