A brief note to wish New Jersey state Sen. Ray Lesniak a speedy recovery from the minor stroke he suffered last week. Lesniak told NorthJersey.com that he checked himself into hospital last Wednesday and was released the following day after doctors performed “every test in the book,” which all “came out well.” Lesniak, a staunch pro-gaming legislative advocate, said the health scare was “a good wake-up call,” but he was most concerned about the possible impact on his golf game.
NEW JERSEY GUARANTEES NO SPORTS BETS BEFORE DEC. 1
NorthJersey.com’s John Brennan is reporting that the New Jersey Attorney General’s office has provided a US District Court judge with a written guarantee that the state won’t award any sports betting licenses before Dec. 1. North America’s four major sports leagues and the NCAA filed suit in the first week of August to block New Jersey’s plan to offer single-game sports betting to state residents. The leagues sought to bring the proceedings to a speedy conclusion via summary judgment and/or preliminary injunction, but NJ AG Jeffrey Chiesa responded by saying there was no justification to rush the proceedings, because even though the state would technically be in a position to offer betting licenses starting Oct. 1, no licenses would be issued by Dec. 1 “at the earliest.”
The leagues’ attorney William O’Shaughnessy claimed this verbal guarantee wasn’t worth the paper it wasn’t printed on, so Chiesa has now put it in writing, and further promised to give the court and the leagues a 30-day heads-up before issuing any licenses. The leagues are also demanding NJ demonstrate why a “needless and expensive discovery” process is necessary to stave off a summary judgment. Chiesa has promised to deliver the state’s argument on this point to the court by Sept. 7.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER $3M MICHIGAN BET?
It’s worth noting that the crux of the leagues’ argument is that allowing New Jersey residents to bet on sports will irreparably damage the integrity of their games, which patently ignores the fact that the games’ integrity has somehow been able to withstand the state-sanctioned betting conducted in Nevada under the auspices of the federal PASPA law. Speaking of, boxer/wife-beater/gambler Floyd Mayweather Jr., who routinely tweets about his mega-bucks b-ball betting exploits at the M Resort sportsbook in Las Vegas has placed a $3m bet on Saturday’s Michigan v. Alabama NCAA football tilt, according to Sportsbook.com’s Twitter account. The Sportsbook.com folks claim Floyd is backing Michigan at +14, but offered no indication as to the source of their claim, beyond an internal discussion of ‘Hey, what do you think will drive traffic to our site?’
BILLY WALTERS GETS DEATH THREATS
Sticking in Vegas, legendary sports betting whale Billy Walters has filed a trademark infringement and cybersquatting suit against multiple companies and individuals he claims are trading on his fame to boost their bottom lines. The suit, filed in the US District Court for Nevada on Wednesday, seeks a temporary restraining order to shut down two online domains, billywalterssportsbettingpicks.com and billywalterssportspicks.com, for implying an affiliation with the sports betting icon. The suit targets Florida-based Coopers Picks and two New York firms – JM Picks and D I Global Marketing – plus 11 individuals: William “Bill” Conti, Michael Cooper, Sal DeCarlo, Rich Garafola, Brad Greenberg, Chris Hatton, Ryan Holzman, Danial Itahov, John Mack, Glen Petrelli and Richard Ruddie. Walters’ filing claims he has been subjected to “death threats” from irate bettors who have purchased sports betting picks from the sites/individuals named in the suit that failed to return the positive results routinely enjoyed by Mr. Walters.