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N.J. sports betting case now in hands of federal appeals court

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak thinks it's "advantage New Jersey" after oral arguments in the latest sports betting case. - (ANDREW GEORGE)

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak thinks it’s “advantage New Jersey” after oral arguments in the latest sports betting case. – (ANDREW GEORGE)

By Andrew George for NJBIZ

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia heard oral arguments Tuesday in New Jersey’s latest legal attempt to bring sports betting to its casinos and racetracks.

“This could go either way,” Florida-based sports and gaming attorney Daniel Wallach said, after attending the proceedings.

New Jersey argued that, under a 2014 state law repealing all state prohibitions against sports betting, it is in compliance with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 23-year-old federal law that limits sports betting to just four states, because it would not be regulating sports wagering, just repealing the laws preventing casinos and racetracks from taking bets.

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