Murphy will make first legal sports bet at Monmouth Park

Governor signed bill into law earlier this week

David Madden
June 13, 2018 - 9:03 pm
Delaware launches the country's first full-scale sports betting operation outside of Nevada as people roll into the Casino at Delaware Park in Stanton, Del. to wager their bets.

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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey will join Delaware Thursday as the second state outside Nevada where people can legally place bets on professional and collegiate sports

Gov. Phil Murphy will make the first bet at Monmouth Park. 

We're not sure what team he'll bet on, but Murphy is clearly a soccer fan. So much so, he and his wife own a women's pro team in North Jersey. 

Murphy talked about how pro soccer might be a lure in sports books. 

While he hasn't talked with Major League Soccer team owners, he said he has sat down with some of the other professional leagues.

"And they see this as a big potential boon," he continued. "They also want to make sure, and I agree with this, that it has to be managed properly."

But he thinks soccer will benefit from U.S. sports betting, given its popularity in the European gaming market.