According to ESPN, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp issued a preliminary injunction that prevented the thoroughbred track at Monmouth Park from allowing legal sports gambling this past weekend. Judge Shipp found that allowing legal gambling in New Jersey would cause irreparable harm to the Plaintiffs, the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and NCAA. The ruling delivers a blow to Monmouth Park who has spent the last two months preparing to transform their sports bar into a sportsbook and had expected thousands of betters to come for the NFL games this Sunday. The debate about whether or not New Jersey can allow legal sports gambling will continue as Judge Shipp determines whether or not to grant the leagues’ request for a permanent injunction.
Jason Fixelle is the Sports Highlight Editor for the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law and a current second year student at Harvard Law School (Class of 2016).