As part of a feature story on sports wagering including the upcoming relocation of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took stern issue with the league‘s current anti-sports wagering stance.
Christie told Andrea Kremer of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, “The hypocrisy is just so overwhelming. They say because we have the Giants and the Jets and the Devils that somehow we shouldn’t be allowed to have gambling here because somehow it will threaten the integrity of the game. Well, [are] you kidding? How isn’t it threatening the integrity of the game in Las Vegas for the NHL and the NFL?
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments in early December on the federal ban on sports betting. New Jersey is challenging lower court rulings upholding the single-team betting prohibition in all states except Nevada.
Christie indicated he believes the NFL, instead of having the federal law overturned in court, seeks to negotiate with Congress in order to better ensure and protect their portion of revenues gleaned from sports wagering.
“I think not only do they want a piece, but they want to determine the size of their piece,” Christie said. “And I think they think they have a much better chance to do that by negotiating just with Congress than they do with 49 other states.”
In a Wednesday media briefing, league spokesman Joe Lockhart said the league continues to oppose the New Jersey effort to expand gambling by over turning the pending federal law in court.
Nevada bookies are currently accepting wagers on Vegas Golden Knights hockey games including those made on mobile devices at the T-Mobile Arena, the team’s home ice.