Sports Leagues Obtain Permanent Injunction in New Jersey Sports Gambling Case

Skadden secured a decisive victory on behalf of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League and Office of the Commissioner of Baseball in their suit against the state of New Jersey to prevent the authorization and licensing of gambling on the sports leagues’ athletic events, which purportedly violated the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. On February 28, Judge Michael Shipp for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled in favor of the sports leagues (and intervenor the U.S. Department of Justice), granting their motion for summary judgment and entered a permanent injunction precluding New Jersey from “sponsoring, operating, advertising, promoting, licensing, or authorizing” gambling on plaintiffs' games.