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The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) is preparing to announce a lawsuit that could result in sports gambling coming to the state of New Jersey, according to Poker News Daily.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was passed back in 1992, but iMEGA is setting in motion a lawsuit that alleges the law is unconstitutional. They will be announcing the lawsuit at a news conference on Monday morning at 11:00 AM.
“The Federal government passing a law that intrudes on states’ rights to determine whether to engage in gambling, and what type of gambling, is a violation of federalism,’ said iMEGA Chairman Joe Brennan to Poker News Daily.
Sports gambling has become a hot topic in other states lately as well. In Delaware, the governor is trying to pass a Bill that would allow legalized sports betting. The Bill would not completely open the sports gambling door, but would call for parlay bets to be legal.
A parlay bet is one in which a gambler picks two or more teams. If all of the teams that are chosen, win, then the person wins the bet. The move in Delaware could start a string of laws in different states to expand sports gambling in the country.
iMEGA has also received attention lately because of their pending lawsuit involving the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The group claims that the UIGEA is unconstitutional, but before their lawsuit is complete, the UIGEA may be overturned anyway.
Representative Barney Frank is leading the battle to end the UIGEA. He is expected to introduce legislation by the end of the month that would not only eliminate the UIGEA, but also call for legalization and regulation of online gambling in the US.