N.J. EYES MEADOWLANDS IN GAMING WAR VS. N.Y.

10/29/2001 (By FREDRIC U. DICKER, NY POST.COM) A NEW JERSEY gaming executive is threatening to launch an all-out battle with New York by building “the world’s largest casino” on the Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel.

The executive, who demanded anonymity, told The Post that Atlantic City’s casino owners are privately talking about jointly building the casino, to be located at the Meadowlands sports-complex racetrack.

It would be operated by the Atlantic City Casino Association and be designed to cripple New York’s efforts to build three new Indian-owned casinos in the Catskills, about 90 minutes from New York City, the executive said.

“It would destroy the effort to have casinos in the Catskills. It would kill them,” said the executive.

“They were stupid. They’ve unleashed a giant,” the executive continued, referring to Gov. Pataki and the leaders of the Legislature, who agreed last week to authorize a total of six new Indian casinos for New York.

Pataki and state lawmakers expect legal challenges to the new gambling measures, which also include authorization of slot-machine-like video terminals at many racetracks and New York’s enlistment in the multistate Powerball lottery game.…

Poll Finds Newspapers from All 65 Schools in Mens NCAA Basketball Tournament Open to Advertising Internet Gambling Sites

WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire/ — Despite the NCAA’s insistence that it
is trying to stamp out illegal gambling on college campuses, the student
newspapers of all 65 universities that qualified for the NCAA basketball
tournament either take or would run advertising for Internet gambling sites,
according to an informal poll released today by the American Gaming
Association (AGA).
The poll, conducted by National Media, an Alexandria, Va.-based media
placement firm, also found that all 11 schools who have members on the NCAA
Division I board of directors would also run the advertising. Among the
schools polled were Penn State, Michigan State, University of Maryland,
University of North Carolina, University of Kansas, University of Arizona,
Duke University, Notre Dame, Indiana University, Stanford, Cal-Berkeley,
Boston College, Syracuse University, University of Florida, University of
Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Tennessee.
“The NCAA is attempting to stop legal, regulated gaming on NCAA sports in
Nevada, under the guise of preventing illegal gambling on college campuses
sometimes thousands of miles away. Not only are these college campus
newspapers promoting illegal gambling, they are also profiting from it,” said
Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the AGA, pointing out that
while underage students have access to Internet sites, most students at these
universities cannot gamble legally in Nevada. In Nevada, you must be 21 years
old and physically present to wager with Nevada sports books.
In conducting the poll, National Media contacted, by phone, the
advertising departments of the schools to determine if the newspapers would
sell advertising space to Internet gambling sites. Not one said they would
not and all quoted the cost of running the ads.
“When college students can gamble right in their own dorm rooms through
hundreds of off-shore Internet gambling sites, it’s no wonder that illegal
sports gambling is so widespread on college campuses,” said Fahrenkopf.
“Illegal sports gambling will continue to be a problem in colleges and
universities until the NCAA and its member schools focus their attention on
stopping illegal sports gambling where it starts, on the campuses.”
The NCAA is advocating a federal ban on legal college sports wagering in
Nevada that would do nothing to eliminate the widespread illegal gambling
occurring on college campuses and elsewhere in the country.
In contrast, the gaming industry is supporting comprehensive federal
legislation offered by the Nevada Congressional delegation that would increase
enforcement and penalties, evaluate the extent and …

Net Gambling Purveyor Ponders Next Legal Move

8/2/2001 (By Robert MacMillan, Newsbytes) Internet gambling business owner Jay Cohen is contemplating what to do next after a U.S. appeals court Tuesday upheld a lower court’s decision that his online gambling business violates U.S. law.

“There’s been several different appeal options thrown at me,” Cohen told Newsbytes. “We are going to appeal.”

Cohen said his options range from a rehearing before the New York 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, whose three-judge panel upheld the lower court ruling, to an “en banc” hearing featuring all of the appeals court judges, to a U.S. Supreme Court appeal.

The ruling is one of the first U.S. court decisions upholding the illegality of Internet gambling, an issue that remains an object of contentious debate in the U.S. Congress.

“They ignored the bulk of the issues,” Cohen said. “They seemed to pick and choose a few cases that back up the government’s decision when a majority of the cases cited supported our position. It seems like the thing was written in reverse – they knew what outcome they wanted and backed into it.”

Cohen noted that both sides offered dense briefs to support their cases, but that “not much (was said) about it in the court’s opinion.”

Cohen’s attorneys unsuccessfully argued that the conviction was unjustified because his site only offered information that allowed WSE to place its own bets from customer accounts in Antigua, where the company is based.

Online gambling prohibitions also are a hot issue on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., says that he is planning on reintroducing gambling legislation that failed to clear the House of Representatives last year.

Rep. John LaFalce, D-N.Y., last week introduced a bill that would outlaw the use of U.S. banks’ credit and checks, as well as other means, to make payments or collect winnings on online gambling in a more subtle way to outlaw the practice.…