New Jersey’s attempts to legalise sports betting have suffered a new blow after a court ruled that the state’s move last year to circumvent the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was unlawful, despite acknowledging a number of flaws in the legislation and one of the presiding judges disputing the decision.

Legislation signed into law last year by Governor Chris Christie (SB2460) sought to avoid repealing PASPA by removing language in state law that prohibits sports betting, allowing casinos and racetracks to be begin taking wagers.

However, following opposition from the major US sports leagues the launch was blocked and the law repealed in November 2014, with District Court Judge Michael Shipp granting a permanent injunction against the legislation.

Shipp’s decision was upheld yesterday (August 25th) by the US Appeals Court of the Third Circuit, which affirmed that New Jersey’s legislation violated federal law.

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