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Will NFL betting kill Super Bowl in New Jersey?

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08:46 AM ET 05.26 | New Jersey wants to give it a try. Governor Chris Christie said Thursday that sports wagering will arrive at New Jersey horse racing tracks and Atlantic City casinos later this year. The NFL almost certainly will file suit to stop it. "Legalized sports gambling beyond where it already existed is prohibited," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports. The difference this time around is that two NFL teams are headquartered in New Jersey, and Super Bowl XLVIII will be played there. For now, however, New Jersey's effort won't affect the game. "We are continuing our Super Bowl planning and do not anticipate this having any impact," Aiello told Wetzel. The league's position possibly is influenced by strong optimism that the NFL will beat down the New Jersey plan in court. However, if New Jersey somehow prevails, the league's plans could change, in theory.

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May 26, 2012  08:57 AM ET

I'm not so sure that gambling will be the problem in New Jersey during the Super Bowl. I think the real problem will be keeping Governor Christie from eating every single morsel of food in the area before the big game.

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May 26, 2012  09:02 AM ET

Now that the NFL has such significant sway over politics and legislation, the next step is the Pope and the Dalai Lama. Goodell will be the King of the World. Too much power for any single person.

May 26, 2012  09:03 AM ET

At least it isn't the commencement ceremony photo but his lips are about the same. Always sucking!

May 26, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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Like the NFL is so pure.........

Screw 'em. Go New Jersey!!




Morning Mick.

May 26, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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Screw 'em. Go New Jersey!!Morning Mick.

The NFL will be fine with this once they get their cut.

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May 26, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Why not the super bowl is rigged by the league.

May 26, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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The NFL will be fine with this once they get their cut.

LOL!

May 26, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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Morning hbomb .....How goes it???

All is well. Devils got rid of Torts for me last night.

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May 26, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Can anyone explain to me why the NFL would take this position? Intuitively, it would seem that more betting = more interest in NFL football.

May 26, 2012  09:34 AM ET

I guess the NFL only wants to skim clean money

May 26, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Look, Gov. Cristie is a loudmouth a##hole. It is what he is. His budget will have around a $1 Billion shortfall in 2013. He is the only one who says that is not true.
Sooooo, he is looking for revenue.

May 26, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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Can anyone explain to me why the NFL would take this position? Intuitively, it would seem that more betting = more interest in NFL football.

Because, the wider spread around it is, the more chance of players taking a bribe. This is not the church choir you are dealing with anywhere you look.

May 26, 2012  09:40 AM ET
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All is well. Devils got rid of Torts for me last night.

Seriously, that guy is such an ****.

May 26, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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Because, the wider spread around it is, the more chance of players taking a bribe. This is not the church choir you are dealing with anywhere you look.

ahhhh.....yes. That makes sense. Thank you, 50.

 
May 26, 2012  09:50 AM ET
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ahhhh.....yes. That makes sense. Thank you, 50.

It is all about the spread and that line comes out of Vegas. You don't have to lose a game on purpose, just don't cover that spread.
If a guy makes it in the NFL, his life span is less than 3 years.

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