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Legalize sports gambling, NBA commissioner says

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Charlie Goodwin

Sports betting can add excitement and fun to any game and will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout! Please remember, never give up as you have chosen one of the best businesses you could ever get into!
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It is currently only legal in Nevada; New Jersey is moving toward legalization — against the opposition of all four major pro sports leagues.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says it’s time for a new approach to betting on sports.

. He says new regulations would help prevent underage betting while educating those with a gambling problem about how to bet responsibly.

Silver says new laws would have to protect the integrity of the sports.

Sports leagues have long opposed gambling on games, claiming it creates incentives for game-fixing. He suggests a federal framework that allows states to legalize sports betting.

In an op-ed article for The New York Times published online on Thursday, Silver says fans should have a safe and legal way to gamble on professional games see here


Chris Christie is right about sports gambling (Opinion)

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Charlie Goodwin

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Don’t believe me? Fantasy sports–gambling havens of their own–are legal, and now an industry.

Danny Cevallos

Danny Cevallos

Confused? You should be. It’s in Christie’s interest — and that of New Jersey — to revive the casino industry.

Read CNNOpinion’s new Flipboard magazine.. That sounds a lot like betting on games–but then again, who are we to question the wisdom of Congress?

That means you and I will continue to get stuck in line at the Kwik-e-Mart, behind some delusional nudnik spending money he doesn’t have on a handful of scratchers, or calling out his “lucky” numbers to the clerk. Here’s what happened:

(CNN) — As a society, it seems we’ll always struggle with our vices. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. Meanwhile, if you would like to buy a lottery ticket, those odds on the Powerball are about a bajillion-to-one. It’s illegal only because the government is not taxing it, and because the pro sports leagues are not getting a cut of the action. So, the New Jersey law allowing sports wagering was struck down, except that the court observed that the federal law banned a state from “licensing” or “sponsoring” sports gambling. As long as the state offers some flimsy pretext about the money going to schools or senior citizens, we the people are placated.

The pro teams and leagues must be furious, right? Well, actually no.

Just kidding. They care about money. Another way the NFL benefits massively from fantasy sports.

Editor’s note: Danny Cevallos is a CNN legal analyst, criminal defense attorney and partner at Cevallos & Wong, practicing in Pennsylvania and the U.S. And, of course, fantasy activities increase viewership; instead of watching only your team on Sunday, you’re going to watch every game and commercial featuring your fantasy players. It’s the ultimate hypocrisy to suggest that there’s something evil about putting 50 bucks on the Eagles to cover the spread: a close to 50/50 wager. As it stands, a federal court of appeals has struck down a New Jersey law repealing a sports betting ban. Follow him on Twitter: @CevallosLaw. Believe me, if Apple figures out a way to fit prostitutes with one of those Square credit card readers for the iPhone to automatically deduct sales taxes and Social Security, well, just get ready for the UberEscort app is all I’m saying.

Court will rule on Chris Christie’s effort to legalize sports gambling in New Jersey

Danny Cevallos says sports leagues, federal government oppose the move

He says it’s not an objection on moral grounds; the foes just want their share of money

Cevallos: For New Jersey, the key is to stop the loss of casino jobs

The federal government and an association of sports leagues are opposing this move to legalize sports betting. Standing in line for the lottery in your bathrobe in the early afternoon? Still legal, but really sad.

And then there’s gambling.

Trump Plaza is one of the Atlantic City casinos that has shut down.

While the Garden State has a “moral” dilemma, the leagues’ position remains the same: the 3rd Circuit decision doesn’t guarantee them any profit, so they will continue to oppose sports betting as they have so far in this case.

Make no mistake, the only reason lotteries are legal is because the government gets to wet its beak. The court voided the New Jersey law, finding it was pre-empted by the federal law.

Which means — and this is confusing — sports betting may be legal in New Jersey.

Of course, supporters of vice prosecution argue that the individual’s addiction or bad decisions always have an indirect collateral effect on society as a whole: Drugs and prostitution ruin neighborhoods, while booze and cigarettes impose a health care cost borne by all of us.

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By this logic, New Jersey could pass a law making sports betting legal in a casino, so long as the state had no part in regulating it. What a surprise: In states where it is now legal it is taxed and regulated.

Whether it’s outlawing drugs, prostitution, even alcohol Prohibition, making vices illegal is problematic because it’s illogical. The court held the state law conflicted with federal law, called PASPA, which prohibits engaging in a sports gambling scheme “pursuant to state law.”

It has often been said that vice crimes are “victimless,” because each one of them involves a deliberate choice to inject, fornicate, snort or swill to the detriment of one person: the person with the bad habit.

Crimes, on the other hand, are wrongs committed against another person, or society as a whole–by definition, damaging another person’s body or property.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act of 2006 makes an exception for any fantasy sports game with an outcome that reflects the relative knowledge of the participants (but not chance). Pal, you’re in your pajama pants and slippers, out in public, at noon on a weekday: Your “lucky numbers” are anything but “lucky.” Time for some new lucky numbers, and a job.

The sooner the leagues figure out an infrastructure that siphons revenue from Grandpa Vito’s nasty penchant for blowing his pension check on the ponies, sports betting will magically become OK with pro sports. When someone else is making the profits, it’s magically illegal. That is apparently different than banning a state from making sports gambling legal.

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On October 6, a federal district court judge will entertain New Jersey Gov. But the government is happy to take your money on that bet.

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Ultimately, don’t think for a second that the leagues, the states or the federal government care about the morality of our gambling addictions. That put Christie in a bit of a pickle: Is there any point in legalizing sports wagering if the state doesn’t get a piece of the pie?

The nice thing about vices is that as they become more widespread, popular acceptance eventually overrides the law. That was challenged by see here


New Jersey sports betting law struck down by U.S. appeals court | Reuters

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Charlie Goodwin

Sports betting can add excitement and fun to any game and will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout! Please remember, never give up as you have chosen one of the best businesses you could ever get into!
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government, called the law “yet another attempt” to allow sports betting “only under the conditions of the state’s choosing.”

It is also a victory for Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which opposed New Jersey’s laws.

New Jersey’s law banned wagers on state college teams and limited bets to people age 21 and older at casinos and racetracks.

Nevada bookmakers made $231.8 million on sports betting in 2015, the state has said.

“We were relying on having sports betting to give a big boost to our ailing Atlantic City casinos and our suffering racetracks,” state Senator Raymond Lesniak, a Democrat from Elizabeth who sponsored the 2014 law and a 2011 voter referendum allowing sports betting, said in an interview. Circuit Court of Appeals, Nos. 14-4546, 14-4568, 14-4569.. The 3rd U.S. “It’s just wrong for Congress to deny New Jersey what the state of Nevada has.”

The 10-2 decision is a defeat for Republican Governor Chris Christie, who has seen courts void two state laws, including one in 2012, designed to raise revenue through sports betting.

The American Gaming Association, an industry trade group, wants PASPA repealed.

The case is National Collegiate Athletic Association et al v. Governor of the State of New Jersey et al, 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said the 2014 law allowing sports betting at casinos and racetracks violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 federal law prohibiting the practice in all states other than Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.

Clement was not immediately available for comment.

New Jersey argued that its law amounted to only a “partial repeal” of its prohibitions on sports betting, did not “license or authorize by law” such betting, and could help curb the “thriving” black market in the practice.

“We do have two judges dissenting,” Lesniak said, “and we certainly will take a shot at the Supreme Court.”

A federal appeals court on Tuesday said New Jersey cannot legalize sports betting, in a big defeat for supporters of the years-long effort to allow such wagers in the state.

Reflecting the stakes, two former U.S. solicitors general were on opposite sides of the case, with Paul Clement arguing for the sports organizations and Theodore Olson representing New Jersey.

Rendell acknowledged the law’s “salutary purpose” in trying to revive those troubled industries, but said PASPA does not unconstitutionally “commandeer” the state.

“Because PASPA, by its terms, prohibits states from authorizing by law sports gambling, and because the 2014 law does exactly that, the 2014 law violates federal law,” Circuit Judge Marjorie Rendell wrote.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Tom Brown)

One dissenting judge thought the 2014 law permissible despite PASPA. The other thought PASPA was unconstitutional because it violated state sovereignty.

“We are reviewing the opinion and considering our options,” said Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for state Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

The sports organizations, backed by the U.S see here