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BETTING ON SPORTS AMERICA APRIL 28-30, 2020


“I want New Jersey to be the Silicon Valley of sports betting. I can foresee it being a hub of sports betting which can compact with other states that don’t have the expertise or infrastructure New Jersey has. Although it is no feat to open up internet betting, whether it be sports betting or casino gaming, just by giving a bit we can really help even up the playing field.”


mobile and online gambling. “I foresee Adelson trying to buy off Congress to get federal regulation or the Wire Act being changed to ban sports betting,” predicted the former state senator. “However, I expect neither to prevail. He should give up wasting his money and spend it in ways more beneficial to society.”


Steve Carp, six time Nevada sports writer of the year, penned an article for the epilogue of Beating the Odds: Te Epic Battle Tat Brought Legal Sports Betting Across America calling for states to tell the federal government to back off on sports betting, quoting Raymond in his final paragraph as saying: “the less the federal government interferes with our gaming and sports betting, the better it is for us. I wish they would just stay out of our business.”


Asked to elaborate on the statement, Raymond explained: “Te federal government just cannot seem to get anything straight these days and it would just represent another money grab to cut back on the revenues state governments are receiving. It need not matter as lobbying in Congress will prevent that coming to pass.”


SILICON VALLEY


If any one state was going to capitalise on the legalisation of sports betting, it was New Jersey. It had the infrastructure of Atlantic City’s casinos, racetracks across the city and a sports- mad populace. However, it has been less of a boon in other states where such a gaming infrastructure was not in place prior to PASPA’s repeal. “I want New Jersey to be the Silicon Valley of sports betting,” stated Raymond. “I can foresee it being a hub of sports betting which can compact with other states that don’t have the expertise or infrastructure New Jersey has. Although it is no feat to open up internet betting, whether it be sports betting or casino


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gaming, just by giving a bit we can really help even up the playing field. However, due to the Wire Act, intrastate expansion has been severely impeded. We are stuck with that right now and it could be an overhang for some time.”


Last year, Raymond signalled his intention to file a Declaratory Judgement Action challenging the DOK opinion having been brought out of retirement by New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney. However, events have not panned out as Raymond would have liked: “Unfortunately, my opinion was overridden by those who believed New Hampshire was a better jurisdiction to go down than New Jersey. I believe we would have got a decision in New Jersey and, with no disrespect to New Hampshire, in a more influential jurisdiction. Te thinking was that the third circuit gave us a hard time and it was more inclined to be anti- internet gaming than New Hampshire, which had a lot of interests to protect. Furthermore, there would be no opposition from Adelson who doesn’t care about New Hampshire’s online lottery. As I predicted, the DOJ are trying to stall.


In my opinion, a ruling on the third circuit in one of the most dominant federal appeal courts in the nation would send a stronger message to the DOJ to back off.”


THE NEXT CHALLENGE


Having retired from political life after 40 years of serving in the New Jersey legislature, what next for Raymond Lesniak? “I ran for Governor as I could no longer run for re-election as Senator,” explained Raymond. “Alas, I was beaten by 35 million dollars spent by Phil Murphy. Many people who walk away from politics no longer have the will to continue making a positive impact on society. I am continuing to work with Te Lesniak Institute for American Leadership teaching the younger generation to turn their passion into action. Our causes include animal welfare, environmental protection and criminal justice reform. Despite being 73 years old, the bigger the challenge, the more interested I am.”


Of that, there can be no doubt.


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