NJ Faces Uphill Battle In Appeal Of Sports Wagering Ban

Law360, New York (March 5, 2013, 7:53 PM EST) -- Arguing that a federal ban on state-sponsored sports gambling amounts to unconstitutional commandeering could be New Jersey's best bet at overturning a recent decision blocking such wagering in the state, but convincing the Third Circuit to strike down an act of Congress will be no easy task, attorneys say.

State officials have vowed to appeal U.S. Judge Michael Shipp's Feb. 28 decision upholding the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 and blocking the state from authorizing sports betting. According to Shipp,...
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