The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has publically backed US professional sports leagues and the NCAA attempt to block sports betting in the state of New Jersey.
The DoJ stated that the reversal of sports betting laws that would permit New Jersey licensed gambling premises to allow sports betting would be in breach of the federal state laws passed by the Professional & Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).
The DoJ further noted that if sports betting were to be permitted throughout the state of New Jersey, its actions could cause a threat to sports integrity throughout the United States. The DoJ questioned whether New Jersey had the appropriate governance policies and frameworks to police sports betting fraud within its state borders.
The DoJ will support the professional sports leagues and the NCAA court challenge to block sports betting in New Jersey.
Last week Democratic State Senator Raymond Lesniak issued a statement outlining the chief proponents of sports betting in New Jersey. The Senator stated that the new Bill would be introduced as soon as possible.
Lesniak stated that he would allow US professional sports leagues and the NCAA to review the proponents of the New Jersey Bill in order to alleviate concerns regarding potential sports corruption.