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Federal Court of Appeals denies New Jersey’s attempt to legalise sports betting.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit dealt New Jersey’s hopes of offering sports betting in the state a serious blow when it upheld the Federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) by a 10-2 margin on Tuesday.

“It’s a resounding defeat for New Jersey,” Matthew Stiegler, an appellate lawyer and the author of, said in an email to the New York Times.

“A sweeping majority of the court, from its most liberal judges to its most conservative, rejected New Jersey’s position. There’s nothing in today’s outcome to encourage other states to try what N.J. did.”

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), weighing in on the development, said: “We are pleased the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied New Jersey’s latest attempt to allow sports wagering in the state.

“As other courts have acknowledged, federal law does not permit New Jersey’s actions. The N.C.A.A. continues to believe that Paspa is an important law that appropriately protects the integrity of sport in America.”