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7:54 AM on a Thursday morning doesn't normally feature a golf tournament's big draw. Crowds normally aren't on the course or awake. The fans at Ridgewood Country Club for the opening round of The Northern Trust, however, were both plentiful and aware of the treat on offer.
For the first time since 2014, and the fourth time in tournament history, The Northern Trust sets up at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey.
The July numbers are in from sports betting in New Jersey. Three casinos and two racetracks took more than $40 million in bets. Overall, $57 million has been wagered in the Garden State from June 14, when sports betting started in New Jersey, through July 31.
It probably should come as no surprise that the National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver has signed a deal with the Las Vegas-based MGM Grand Hotel, which is also a sports betting casino that allows the hotel to become the Official Data Partner of the NBA.
Sportsbooks have opened in Delaware and New Jersey is slowly expanding the availability of sports betting with another Atlantic City hotel offering the service starting on June 28 and the promise of sports betting at the Meadowlands racetrack about seven miles from midtown Manhattan by July 15th.
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber did his best retired National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern impression last week following the announcement that FC Cincinnati will be joining the league as an expansion team in 2019.
It took nine years but as of Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, three casinos at racetracks in Delaware will open sports betting parlors. In 2009, Delaware elected officials passed legislation that would allow the race track casinos to operate a sports book which would have greatly expanded Delaware’s sports betting operation.
The reality has set in. There will be no turning back and the sports world in the United States is going to have to adjust to what most of the other sports operators in the world have understood for decades. There is gambling on sports and there is nothing you can do, so embrace it.
Can the recent Supreme Court Of The United States decision to overturn the ban on sports betting in 46 states, along with US territories and the District of Columbia save Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland? The Preakness Stakes, thoroughbred racing’s second oldest Triple Crown race started at Pimlico in 1873.
Legalized sports betting is coming to New Jersey very soon and more than likely Delaware very quickly. The Supreme Court of the United States has struck down the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that limited betting on professional sports and college sports to just four states.