- New Jersey sports betting laws allow sportsbooks to be built at current or former casinos and horse racing tracks.
- Garden State Park in Cherry Hill is located across the Delaware River from Philadelphia and ran its final horse race in 2001.
- Cherry Hill Towne Center Partners has already begun to construct a new sportsbook and filed a brief earlier this week notifying courts that they will be selecting sports betting operator shortly.
CHERRY HILL, N.J. – A new sportsbook in New Jersey may be built despite the fact that the developers are being sued over their right to build one.
Cherry Hill Towne Center Partners (CHTCP) has already begun construction for a new sportsbook where the former Garden State Park stands, and in a brief filed to courts last week, wrote that it “expects to select one of the potential sports wagering operators shortly” per The Press of Atlantic City.
The developers were originally sued by former owners of the track, G.S. Park Racing, due to the fact that the former group holds a deed that gave them the exclusive right to offer any type of gaming on the property.
Cherry Hill Towne Center Partners believes that their opponent’s document, which cites a document originally submitted in 1999, can’t stop them from applying to a sports betting license.
New Jersey sports betting law allows for sportsbooks to be built at current casinos, off-track betting facilities, and former racetracks.
In the CHTCP brief, they note that managing member Jack Morris is also the owner of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City which operates sports betting legally and has a good relationship with the New Jersey Gaming Commission.
The defendents in the current case include Greenwood Racing, which operates Parx Casino. Parx Casino is located just north of Philadelphia and a potential Cherry Hill sportsbook would be located less than 20 minutes away from Philadelphia as well.
The defendants have asked a judge for a preliminary injunction against the developer. A ruling may come in the next two months, however CHTCP is continuing with their plans as evidenced by the new brief.
– In his career, Hasan has worked both local and state government positions—including the Attorney General’s Office in Florida. On top of being familiar with the legislative process, he has also been researching and writing on the legality of sports betting across the US. Outside of work you’ll most likely find him producing or playing music, playing sports, or working on creative writing projects. You’ll also catch him at Doak Campbell Stadium cheering on the Noles.