oth parties in the case recommended a schedule for filing briefs and the court has approved this schedule. Once the four professional sports leagues respond in February, the state has until the 27th of February to reply.
In the fall of 2013, a Third Circuit panel split the decision 2 to 1 in favor of the sports leagues on the constitutional standing of a sports betting law of the state. In June of 2014, another sports betting law was passed which happened to be only a few days after the United States Supreme Court decided to not take on the case.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed this version of the bill in August, stating that the bill was being rushed to passage. In October, a more complete version of the bill was signed into law by the governor. By November, US District Court Judge Michael Shipp had issued a permanent injection that would prevent Monmouth Park from offering sports betting options. According to NorthJersey.com, the park was the only track or casino to announce their plan to offer sports betting.
Adam Silver, the NBA Commissioner is involved in the case and recently called on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, asking the governor to help with federal legislation. Silver has commented that since gambling is prevalent in the US, yet illegal, it would be better for the NBA to see legalized gambling on a federal level.
Christie responded, stating that Silver was applying a ‘bait and switch’ tactic, since he is involved in the sports betting case in New Jersey.