NJ Politics Digest: NJ Casinos Could Miss the Start of Football Sports Betting

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A betting sheet for Super Bowl 50. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

A betting sheet for Super Bowl 50. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Casinos in New Jersey have until today to submit their plans if they want to have sports betting in place in time for the start of football season.

The Associated Press reports that the state Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) gave casinos the deadline last Monday.

David Rebuck, director of the DGE, imposed the deadline because it needs a “reasonable amount of time” to evaluate and test the casinos’ plans. Rebuck said the DGE has told casinos it will test and approve individual applications as are submitted, and not all at the same time, as was done at the start of internet gambling in 2013, according to the report.
Some casinos had not submitted their sports betting platforms as of a week ago, while others are further along in the process, according to the report.

The NFL season starts on Sept. 6.

So far, the Borgata and Ocean Resort casinos are the only two Atlantic City facilities offering sports betting. They are joined by Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport and the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford. The casinos and Monmouth Park took in $16.4 million in the first two weeks of sports betting. The Meadowlands just began offering betting.

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