New Jersey is now just a few steps away from finally authorizing situs judi bola legal sports betting, though it’s still uncertain when you’ll actually be able to begin placing wagers.
But one thing became clear Monday: State lawmakers are unwilling to give any revenue to professional sports leagues — despite passionate pleas from league officials and former Mets and Yankees star pitcher Al Leiter.
Three state legislative committees signed off on a bill that would allow people 21 and over to place bets on sports games, both online and in person at New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks.
The measure S2602A4111 also sets up how the state will regulate and tax sports wagering after the U.S. Supreme Court last month gave New Jersey a victory in its seven-year, $9 million court case to legalize such bets.
But the legislation does not include the so-called “integrity fee” that some sports leagues are seeking from states to help pay for increased monitoring to prevent cheating and game-fixing now that sports betting will spread beyond Las Vegas. In its decision, the Supreme Court overturned a 1992 federal ban on such wagering, opening the door for sports across the U.S. to allow sports bets.
Officials from the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, situs judi bola and the Professional Golfers Association were asking New Jersey for 0.25 percent of total gaming revenue here, as well as agreements to share data with the state to police the betting.
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They told lawmakers during Monday’s hearing at the Statehouse in Trenton that this measure does not give them “the tools” they need to protect their games.
“We are urging you to slow this process down and draft a bill to be a national model for the rest of the country,” said Bryan Seeley, senior vice president and deputy general council for Major League Baseball.
But state lawmakers remain steadfastly opposed.
“The tool you’re looking for is money,” state Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, situs judi bola D-Essex, told the leagues Monday. “And that’s not gonna happen. You might as well face reality.”
Caputo noted the NBA and MLB were among five pro and college leagues that repeatedly sued New Jersey since 2011 to stop the state.
“You guys are in it for the money,” Caputo said. “You’re not in it to protect anybody This is hypocrisy.”
“Just a suggestion: You might want to issue a check for $9 million to the state of New Jersey, just for good faith,” he added, noting how much the court case cost taxpayers.
Leiter, situs judi bola a Toms River native who now lives in Summit, said this is not just about the fee — but ensuring the leagues and state work together to keep games above board.
“Honestly, I don’t care about the money,” said Leiter, 52, who retired in 2005. “I do care about my sport. I care about all sports.”
The leagues said they’re not currently considering legal action to stop this bill, but they’ll continue to oppose it at the legislative level.