A number of judges??has reversed a district court decision at stonewalling legal sports from New Jersey that absolved the US amateur and pro sports leagues of blame.
A group representing the NJ horse racing industry to pursue damages, potentially exceeding $100 million is empowered by the new ruling from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
The situation arrived in the wake of the 2018 US Supreme Court judgment (Murphy vs. NCAA) that the national ban online sports gambling — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) — was unconstitutional.
Subsequently, that the NJ Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NJTHA) requested for damages against the NCAA and the championships, who for many years fought to maintain the federal ban set up and prevent NJ sports gambling from moving forward. (Monmouth Park is among the facilities conducting licensed sports wagering from the country.)
This was the debate from the NJTHA in the original complaint:
The Third Circuit in deciding the appeal minced few words in determining the NJTHA should receive damages:
Here’s the text of the decision: NJTHA Appeal. The decision was 2-1 in favour of this NJTHA, using a dissent as well as the court ruling.
The court didn’t state how much should be given, although the amount was 150 million. Circuit Court Judge Marjorie Rendell penned the vast majority opinion on Monday, sending it back into the district court and Judge Michael Shipp.
“Shipp will presumably now be tasked with deciding on how much money the NCAA, NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA might need to pay the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to be wrongfully enjoined during the length of the legal scenario,” said Ryan Rodenberg, an associate professor at Florida State University.
“Upon remand, the Third Circuit’s brand new ruling may also result in some of these still-sealed court documents being released.”
The NJTHA searched two amounts: $3.4 million from a bond filed as a security in the first PASPA case and nearly $150 million in damages. The latter is the way much Monmouth Park anticipated it dropped as a consequence of not having the capability to provide sports betting although Murphy vs. NCAA (originally Christie vs. NCAA) was going on. Again from the initial complaint:
Monmouth Park has generated since New Jersey sports betting launched in June of last year around $27 million in earnings. That is only without a market for internet sports gambling.
Hence the estimate, now, might be a bit high but not out of line.
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