It is good news in Atlantic City as the eagerly awaited National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball teams compete in a tournament beginning from March 19. To decide who its representative will be, MAAC just concluded its conference. 

To the betting lovers, the event set to take place at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall will be bad news. In all the matches, they will not be able to bet while in the state of New Jersey. 

NCAA Betting is illegal in New Jersey

Online sports betting and casinos are legal to operate in NJ. It also includes legal games of chance and racetracks. Gambling may also be offered by the New Jersey Lottery. Pennsylvania sports betting has been legal since 2019, however, differently from NJ, it is possible to bet on college sports in the Keystone State.

NJ sportsbooks, though, are trying to get the ban on NCAA basketball tournaments waived off as it promises a further access to a wide audience that is expected to bet freely on the tournament. 

Pushing for legislation

Lawmakers in New Jersey tried to quickly get a solution for the darkness looming upon in-state betting on the March madness regional tournament. They tried to push for a bill that would allow betting on the event.

However, they were faced with a greater dilemma because the state’s constitution has very strict laws against collegiate betting, including all NCAA games played within the state. To allow in-state collegiate sports betting, an act passed by the legislature will not be enough. Instead, a constitutional amendment would be required. 

New Jersey, a growing sports betting market

The future of professional gaming in New Jersey is bright. Within Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, the place where the March madness will take place, there are about six major casinos within the hall’s neighborhood. 

The limited gambling opportunities are already showing positive results. If fully allowed, the betting market in New Jersey is likely to grow exponentially.

What are the options betting lovers have?

Although collegiate sports betting activities for sports lovers within New Jersey are illegal, wagers have several options to cash in the betting dollars for the March 19 NCAA event as collegiate sports betting is legal in the nearby states.

Depending on where the sports lover is located within New Jersey, one can travel to any other New Jersey’s neighbor where collegiate betting is allowed and comfortably place their bet and return to New Jersey. 

Who will attend?

NCAA set strict guidelines on who can attend the event. Due to COVID social distancing restrictions, only close family members to a player will be allowed to buy tickets to attend the live event. The others will be the coaching staff and the event organizers.