Monmouth Park, a New Jersey sports book, is suing US sports leagues for more than $150m (€128m) over their part in the blocking of betting in the state over the last four years.
Owners of the racetrack named the National Collegiate Athletic Association and professional sports leagues, including American football’s NFL, basketball’s NBA and Major League Baseball, in court papers issued in May, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Inc claims the organisations “wrongfully” blocked New Jersey sports books from taking wagers since New Jersey attempted to legalise sports betting in 2014.
The major sports leagues filed a suit attempting to block New Jersey from offering legalised wagering on sporting events just days after Governor Chris Christie signed a law that would have repealed the historic ban.
After they gave oral evidence, a New Jersey District Court ruled that the Sports Wagering Act of 2014 violated the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Act (PASPA).
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