TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey could drop its ban on betting on sports entirely, but it cannot legally set conditions as it ends the prohibition, a lawyer for the NCAA and four major sports leagues told a federal judge Thursday.
The lawyer, Jeffrey Mishkin, said the state isn’t dropping its sports betting ban, because it requires that it takes place only at casinos and horse racing tracks and that bettors be at least 21 years old.
New Jersey, in an attempt to resurrect its struggling casinos and race tracks, has persistently taken on a federal law that bars most states from authorizing betting on sports. The issue was before U.S. District Court Michael Shipp on Thursday. He said he planned to release a ruling on Friday. No matter what Shipp decides, the case is expected to be before an appellate court before long.
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