3rd Circ. is True Test for NJ’s Sports Betting Plans

November 19, 2014 – In The News

Patrick Madamba Jr. was quoted in the Law360 article, “3rd Circ. is True Test for NJ’s Sports Betting Plans.” Full text can be found in the November 19, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is below.

New Jersey most likely won’t be able to overcome efforts by sports leagues to block legalized sports gambling in the state, but the true test of whether the plan clashes with federal law won’t come until the dispute goes back up to the Third Circuit.

Even though the state is going to bat this time with “well-crystallized” arguments and a better-stated case, winning over the Third Circuit will still be an uphill battle, says Fox attorney Patrick Madamba Jr. The court has an extremely conservative track record when it comes to gaming issues, Madamba noted.

“I don't think they're particularly supportive of casino gaming or any type of legalized gaming,” he said.

Ultimately, the future of legalized sports gambling is more a political matter than a legal one, but waiting on federal legislation doesn't offer states like New Jersey great odds, explained Madamba.

“I can't imagine a Republican Congress making sports betting a priority,” Madamba stated. “If the courts don't rule in their favor, I don't think they have a particularly good chance in the near term to have sports betting expanded, notwithstanding the NBA's position.”