Skip to content

Stern slams New Jersey Governor Christie over sports betting

Dec 7, 2012, 6:53 PM EST

David Stern AP

Professional sports leagues work at staying as far away from gambling as possible (unless it’s fantasy leagues, but they pretend you don’t put money into those). They don’t want the reality or perception of sports gambling leading to shaved points or game fixing.

So, not shockingly, NBA Commissioner David Stern — and the commissioners of the other major sports in the United States — does not like the idea that New Jersey wants to add sports gambling in Atlantic City and other spots in the state.

The leagues have filed a lawsuit to block the state from adding the ability to bet on the Packers or Dodgers or Knicks when you visit Atlantic City. In a deposition in that case released Friday and reported by the Associated Press, David Stern went hard at New Jersey and state governor Chris Christie.

“The one thing I’m certain of is New Jersey has no idea what it’s doing and doesn’t care because all it’s interested in is making a buck or two, and they don’t care that it’s at our potential loss,” Stern said when asked how the advent of sports betting in New Jersey would harm the NBA.

“And wholly apart from the fact that a governor, who’s a former U.S. Attorney, has chosen to attack a federal law which causes me pause for completely different reasons since I’ve at times sworn to similar oaths about upholding the law of the United States,” Stern continued.

New Jersey is doing this for the same reason every state is scrambling to find revenue — they are hurting a lot from the recession. They are cutting jobs, they are cutting services and they are looking for more money — and tax on sports betting is easy revenue.

Stern is all about driving up revenue in for his owners and businesses — which is exactly what Christie is trying to do. It’s only a matter of what side of the table Stern is sitting on here.

Personally I have no issue with New Jersey doing this — if the state can grab some of the money that is currently being bet offshore and make a few bucks for their coffers (and the casinos that hire people here) then go for it. That said I get the concern of Stern and other owners, but there is nothing that someone would do to damage the integrity of the NBA just because there is sports betting in New Jersey that the same person wouldn’t do for betting overseas.

But I’d be shocked if this new law isn’t blocked, not because Stern or any other sports league wants it blocked, but because it does clash with federal law.

Latest Posts
  1. Eric Bledsoe takes a shot to the face on first possession against Sixers (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2014, 10:45 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers Getty Images

    Bledsoe said yesterday that Philadelphia would lose to a college team.

  2. Dwight Howard has plasma therapy (Kobe therapy) on right knee

    Nov 21, 2014, 9:46 PM EST

    Dwight Howard Dwight Howard

    He will not play against the Mavericks, at least.

  3. Michele Roberts: NBA agreed to work with union before attempt to ‘prove its toughness’ with Jeff Taylor suspension

    Nov 21, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

    Michele Roberts, the Executive Director of National Basketball Players Association Michele Roberts, the Executive Director of National Basketball Players Association

    National Basketball Players Association executive director: NBA ‘chose to bend to the pressure it feels from the current media spotlight’

  4. Al Michaels tells story of how Doc Rivers was almost Lakers coach in 2004-05

    Nov 21, 2014, 5:59 PM EST

    Any story that includes a chance meeting and conversation with Jerry Buss outside a men’s restroom is going to be golden.

  5. John Wall: Veteran teammates used to think ‘I was a joke’

    Nov 21, 2014, 4:30 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Portland Trail Blazers Washington Wizards v Portland Trail Blazers

    Former No. 1 pick knows he fought perception due to Wizards’ struggles

  6. Kobe Bryant says he took large enough discount for Lakers to contend

    Nov 21, 2014, 3:02 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets Getty Images

    Kobe calls owners ability to pressure players into discounts ‘brilliant’ — but it won’t work on him

  7. Report: Jeff Taylor won’t appeal 24-game suspension

    Nov 21, 2014, 2:12 PM EST

    Jeff Taylor mug

    Hornets forward makes right move by accepting lengthy ban

  8. Flip Saunders: Corey Brewer too valuable to trade

    Nov 21, 2014, 9:51 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Orlando Magic Minnesota Timberwolves v Orlando Magic

    Cavaliers and Rockets were reportedly interested in Timberwolves forward

Featured video

Can Rockets, Grizzlies keep up hot starts?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (7661)
  2. D. Wade (7220)
  3. K. Durant (6471)
  4. R. Westbrook (5492)
  5. P. Gasol (5207)
  1. T. Jones (5204)
  2. N. Young (5109)
  3. R. Gay (5016)
  4. K. Bryant (4671)
  5. B. Beal (4630)