Atlantic City Lures Major Sporting EventsHarry Coulter | 19 Jan 2018
In anticipation of the legalisation of sports betting in New Jersey, Atlantic City and its Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) Executive Director, Chris Howard, have begun to court three major sporting events to be hosted at Boardwalk Hall. Howard also expects many more similar events to be held in the city as well as his efforts continue.
The possibility of sports betting legalisation in the state is now looming, and the major gambling city is seemingly wasting no time in luring the state’s biggest sporting attractions to its boardwalk to establish its betting industry before it even leaves the ground.
Last week, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority revealed that the Division I men’s college basketball, the Professional Bull Riders tour, and the Bear Grylls Survival Challenge will all be hosted at Boardwalk Hall between September and December this year. Boardwalk Hall is a multi-use arena opened back in 1929 that boasts seating for nearly 15,000 spectators, making it ideal for events of such magnitude.
Exclusive Location Events To Come
Discussions to persuade the three events to move to Atlantic City started in 2017 between their management firm, IMG, and the CRDA. Howard has since commented to the Atlantic City Press that his organisation is expecting the Boardwalk Hall to host many more sports attractions in the future, as mentioned above, as Atlantic City’s sporting scene becomes better established.
The Director noted that the CRDA has been seeking out different types of sports and destination events – that is, events that spectators don’t have the opportunity to see anywhere other than in Atlantic City itself. This, he believes, will attract guests from a much wider radius.
Atlantic City has hosted its share of marquee events in the past, including its first indoor football event in the 30’s and the Democratic National Convention in 1964. Some of the events scheduled for the city in 2018 include a Rod Stewart concert and an indoor racing competition.
PASPA Ruling To Surface This Year
In December 2017, the Supreme Court heard an appeal from petitioners that aimed to overturn the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).
Ted Olsen claimed that the law was in violation of the 10th constitutional amendment, and Justice Stephen Breyer noted that Congress still has no concrete sports betting policies, despite remaining firm that states could not individually legalise the wagering practice.
However, should 9 justices agree with sports betting being legalised in states outside of Nevada, a ruling in Olsen’s favour could surface before June. Reliable sources have hinted that this ruling could come as soon as next month, but for now, Atlantic City representatives are busying themselves with positioning the city as a prime destination for legal sports betting action.