New Jersey’s efforts to legalise sports betting may yet come to fruition after a US Appeals Court agreed to review the decision to pass a permanent injunction against the state’s proposed legislation.

The news provides a welcome boost to the state, which believes legalised sports betting will improve the fortunes of its struggling Atlantic City casino industry and boost its racecourses. Should the appeal succeed, it may prompt other states to push ahead with their own attempts to legalise the vertical.

The US Appeals Court of the Third Circuit yesterday dismissed the verdict it handed down in August this year, in which it ruled that the state’s attempts to circumvent the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) were unlawful.

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