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By Lawrence Hurley
WASHINGTON, June 23 New Jersey's attempt to
introduce licensed sports betting has failed, with the U.S.
Supreme Court on Monday leaving intact a lower court ruling that
said a federal law did not allow it.
The high court declined appeals filed by the state and its
supporters over a September 2013 ruling by the
Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said
the state's efforts were trumped by a federal law that prohibits
the practice in most states.
Governor Chris Christie had signed a law in 2012 that
authorized sports betting at the state's racetracks and at
Atlantic City casinos.
But sports leagues, including the National Football League
and the National Basketball Association, sued, and a federal
judge struck down the law in March 2013.
New Jersey officials hoped that legalized sports wagering
would generate more revenue for Atlantic City's gambling
industry, which has lost customers to a spate of new casinos
opening in nearby states.
The legal challenge focused on a law passed by Congress in
1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which
blocked states from allowing legalized sports wagering. Four
states that had already legalized sports betting at the time
were grandfathered into the 1992 law and allowed to continue.
New Jersey had one year to opt in, but never did.
The related cases are Christie v. NCAA, New Jersey
Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association v. NCAA and Sweeney v. NCAA,
U.S. Supreme Court, No 13-967, No, 13-979 and No. 13-980.
(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by Hilary
Russ; Editing by Howard Goller and Sofina Mirza-Reid)