NJ Tells 3rd Circ. To Ax Federal Sports Betting Ban

Law360, Philadelphia (June 26, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT) -- A former U.S. solicitor general representing New Jersey faced off with another ex-solicitor general before the Third Circuit on Wednesday, arguing that a federal ban on state-sponsored sports gambling unconstitutionally commandeered the state's authority.

Theodore Olson, an attorney with Gibson Dunn representing the state, told a three-judge panel during oral argument in Philadelphia that the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 unconstitutionally prevented New Jersey from enacting recent state legislation allowing sports gambling.

“They’re telling New Jersey how to regulate this particular activity,”...
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